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"Reel" vs. "Real" in English

What Is Their Main Difference?

These two are homophones. However, 'reel' can be both a noun and a verb, and it refers to an object containing film, wire, etc., while 'real' is mainly an adjective and indicates that something is true.

Differences

'Real' describes something that exists and is true, whereas, 'reel' is an object around which we can have film, wire, etc. Look at the following examples:

I don't know how but it all felt real to me at that time.

How many reels of wire do we have left?

Similarities

These two have no similarities other than the fact they have similar pronunciations.

Are They Interchangeable?

Due to the fact that they are totally different words, they cannot be used interchangeably. Compare:

✓ You're basically saying that this world is not real? It's an illusion?

X You're basically saying that this world is not reel? It's an illusion?

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