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.”
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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