*Truely or Truly | Correct Spelling & Meaning

Truly is an adverb meaning ‘in a truthful way’, ‘absolutely’, or ‘properly’. It’s the adverbial form of the adjective ‘true’.

‘Truely’ is sometimes mistakenly used instead of truly, but ‘truely’ is not a real word and should be avoided.

Examples: Truely and truly in a sentence
  • Kala is a truely talented actor.
  • Kala is a truly talented actor.
  • The band’s performance was truely awful.
  • The band’s performance was truly awful.
    Adverbs are often formed by adding ‘-ly’ to the end of an adjective. While some adverbs ending with the letter ‘e’ receive the suffix without dropping the ‘e’ (e.g., ‘nice’ becomes ‘nicely’), others, like ‘true’, do not.

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    Truly is an adverb

    Truly is the adverbial form of the adjective ‘true’. It’s used to mean ‘in a truthful way’, ‘absolutely’, or ‘properly’. It can be used to modify a verb, adjective, or adverb. It can also be used as a sentence adverb to modify the whole sentence.

    Examples: Truly in a sentence
    Claire spoke truly and openly about her loss.

    Ahmed is not callous; he truly means well.

    Truly, there is no need for concern.

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    Frequently asked questions

    What is a synonym for ‘truly’?

    There are numerous synonyms for the various meanings of truly:

    In a truthful way Absolutely Properly
    Candidly Completely Accurately
    Honestly Really Correctly
    Openly Totally Exactly
    Truthfully Undoubtedly Precisely

    What does ‘yours truly’ mean?

    Yours truly is a phrase used at the end of a formal letter or email. It can also be used (typically in a humorous way) as a pronoun to refer to oneself (e.g., ‘The dinner was cooked by yours truly‘). The latter usage should be avoided in formal writing.

    It’s formed by combining the second-person possessive pronoun ‘yours’ with the adverbtruly‘.

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