*Truely or Truly | Spelling, Meaning & Examples

Common Mistakes updated on  January 9, 2024 2 min read
Truly is the correct spelling of the adverb used to mean “absolutely,” “properly,” or “in a truthful manner.” The related adjective is “true.”

People sometimes write truely instead, but this is the wrong spelling and doesn’t appear in the dictionary. The QuillBot Grammar Checker will fix this and other common mistakes automatically.

Examples: Truely or truly in a sentence
Do you truely believe that?
Do you truly believe that?

I'm truely exhausted after my long journey.
I'm truly exhausted after my long journey.


Adding “-ly” to the end of an adjective is the standard way of forming an adverb. When the adjective ends with “-ue,” though, the “e” is usually dropped for the adverb form, as is the case with “true/truly” and “due/duly.”

Truly: The adverb form of true

The adjective true has the adverbial form truly—never "truely.” It can be used with the meaning “in a truthful or sincere way” or as an intensifier meaning “really,” “absolutely,” or “properly.” In either case, it can modify a verb, an adjective, an adverb, or a whole sentence.

Examples: Truly in a sentence
Truly, Mrs. Andreessen, your daughter is a marvelous student!
He meant it truly; he wasn't being facetious.
The accusations were truly unbelievable.
The organization was founded by yours truly.

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Frequently asked questions about truely or truly

What is a synonym for truly?

There are various synonyms for each meaning of truly.

  • Properly: Correctly, precisely, exactly, accurately.
  • Absolutely: Really, undoubtedly, totally, completely.
  • In a truthful way: Honestly, sincerely, truthfully, candidly.

Use the QuillBot paraphrasing tool to find more alternatives for truly.

What does yours truly mean?

Yours truly is a phrase that’s typically used to close a formal letter or email. It combines the second-person possessive pronoun “yours” with the adverb “truly.”

Sometimes, it’s also used jokingly as a pronoun to refer to oneself (e.g., “Courtesy of yours truly”). But this is not done in formal writing.

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Jack Caulfield

Jack is a Brit based in Amsterdam, with an MA in literature. He writes about his specialist topics: grammar, linguistics, citations, and plagiarism. In his spare time, he reads a lot of books.

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