What are the differences between wahr, echt, wirklich, tatsächlich and eigentlich? They all seem to mean "real/really, actual/actually"...

Dictionaries didn't help.

  • 2
    This question is far too broad. In particular, eigentlich isn't similar at all to the other words. If the dictionaries you consulted can't make the differences clear, you should try a better dictionary.
    – chirlu
    Aug 28 '15 at 8:53
  • Doesn't eigentlich mean "real, actual" ? Aug 28 '15 at 8:57
  • Rather the opposite: Ich bin eigentlich nicht da means that I am here (but perhaps shouldn't be).
    – chirlu
    Aug 28 '15 at 9:09
  • This is tooooo broad. Sounds like you want to know 5(5-1)/2 comparisons.
    – c.p.
    Aug 28 '15 at 9:25
  • All words indeed have some overlap—well, more or less. And though, they also have a clear distinct (predominant) meaning. If you had at least tell us why dictionaries didn't help, we could elaborate on the unclear part. But the question as it stands is off-topic for both being too broad and being general reference.
    – Em1
    Aug 28 '15 at 10:12

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