The difference between Actual and Future

When used as nouns, actual means something actually received, whereas future means the time ahead.

When used as adjectives, actual means relating to a person's acts or deeds, whereas future means having to do with or occurring in the future.

check bellow for the other definitions of Actual and Future

  1. Actual as an adjective (chiefly, theology):

    Relating to a person's acts or deeds; active, practical.

  2. Actual as an adjective:

    Existing in reality, not just potentially; really acted or acting; occurring in fact.


    "the actual cost of goods; the actual case under discussion"

    "The actual government expenses dramatically exceed the budget."

  3. Actual as an adjective (now, rare):

    In action at the time being; now existing; current.

  4. Actual as an adjective:

    Used as intensifier to emphasise a following noun; exact, very.

  1. Actual as a noun (finance):

    An actual, real one; notably: Something actually received; real receipts, as distinct from estimated ones. A radio callsign modifier that specifies the commanding officer of the unit or asset denoted by the remainder of the callsign and not the officer's assistant or other designee.


    "Bravo Six Actual, this is Charlie One. Come in, over.'' (The radio operator is requesting to speak to the commander of the unit under the call sign "Bravo Six.")"

  1. Future as a noun:

    The time ahead; those moments yet to be experienced.

  2. Future as a noun:

    Something that will happen in moments yet to come.

  3. Future as a noun:

    Goodness in what is yet to come. Something to look forward to.


    "There is no future in dwelling on the past."

  4. Future as a noun (grammar):

    Verb tense used to talk about events that will happen in the future; future tense.

  5. Future as a noun (finance):

  6. Future as a noun (computing, programming):

    An object that retrieves the value of a promise.

  7. Future as a noun (sports):

    A minor-league prospect.

  1. Future as an adjective:

    Having to do with or occurring in the future.


    "'Future generations will either laugh or cry at our stupidity."