real vs. true

By | October 10, 2016
real vs. true
There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.
Non ci sono distinzioni nette tra ciò che è reale e ciò che è irreale, né tra ciò che è vero e ciò che è falso. Una cosa non è necessariamente o vera o falsa; può essere sia vera che falsa.
- Harold Pinter
✓ The film is based on a true story.
✗ The film is based on a *real* story.
Il film si ispira a una storia vera.
The adjectives real and true have a similar meaning, and sometimes we can use either. For example:
✓ It’s a real/true honour to meet you.
E' un vero onore conoscerla.
However, strictly speaking ...
If something such as a story or news is true, it is based on facts, not imagination or lies.
If something is real, it actually exists.

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