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Ten questions for Ines Lasch, intern at parson

Ines Lasch just finished her vocational training as a technical writer and is doing an eight-week internship at parson. We asked her ten questions. more ...

Vocational Training for Technical Communicators. How Does it Work?

Anja Schiel, trainee, and Ulrike Parson, CEO of parson AG, offer their insights into the vocational training for technical communicators. more ...

Make Technical Documentation Intelligent - From Content Management to Content Delivery

In this article, Martin Kreutzer and Ulrike Parson describe how you fill content-delivery portals with intelligent information so that users quickly get the right answers to their questions. more ...

parson's mentoring program

You sent the job application and the interview went well. Now comes your first day at work. Everything is strange: colleagues whose names you immediately forget, business processes, the ERP system. Even the coffee machine doesn't work right away. And where was that meeting room again? more ...

A year in London. I am not just missing my sock

May I present Parsons Green in London? I think it's a perfect name for a London parson branch. That branch is not planned yet, but a bit of parson is actually in London at the moment. Me. more ...

Please find enclosed the actual figures

Since I asked for the current figures, I realize that the author of that line made one of the classic mistakes, also known as false friend. 

And no wonder that one sticks. "Actual" sounds like the German word "aktuell", which translates into "current" or "present".  "Actual", however, means "real" or "exact". So we'd better enclose the current figures. Unless, of course, I am asked to send the actual figures, not an estimate. See note below for information on usage. It remains difficult, my friends.

Usage note: actual / current / present
Actual does not mean current or present. It means "real" or "exact", and is often used in contrast with something that is not seen as real or exact: I need the actual figures, not an estimate. Present means "existing or happening now": How long have you been in your present job? Current also means "existing or happening now", but can suggest that the situation is temporary: The factory cannot continue its current level of production. Actually does not mean "at the present time". Use currently, at present or at the moment instead.

*Source: http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/actual

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