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Drīvose vs. Drējī

What is the difference between these two words? They both mean Truly, really, and actually, so why are they not interchangeable? I end up mixing them up a lot and I'd like to know the real difference between the two.

October 2, 2018



One difference is that drējī can also mean 'very' (such as 'very big'), which drīvose doesn't. The other main difference is that drējī is an adverb, while drīvose is the (singular) instrumental of the noun 'truth' (so perhaps not too dissimilar to the word 'implies'?). Apart from that, they're very similar in that they both seem to come from the word 'drēje' ('true/correct')


I think the difference is similar to that between "truly" (= drējī) and "actually" (= drīvose) In some contexts they mean the same thing, but consider cases like "Actually, he is here." You are not just stating that it is the truth, but also highlighting a contrast to what was just said.

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