One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to emphasize the truth of an assertion, especially one opposite to what might be expected or what has been asserted.‘the brook trout is in fact a char’
actually, in actuality, in actual fact, really, in reality, in point of fact, as a matter of fact, in truth, if truth be told, to tell the truth, the truth is, the truth wasin fact, as a matter of fact, actually, in actual fact, really, in reality, as it happens, in truth, to tell the truth, trulyView synonyms
- ‘You were actually in contest with your governor, in point of fact, over the awarding of contracts to foreign-based companies.’
- ‘In other words, this opposition group, in point of fact, has a very good record in terms of its accuracy and its veracity?’
- ‘This seems like an obvious truth, and yet there is in fact no evidence to support it.’
- ‘Now that is so easy to raise hopes and, in point of fact, hype results, but this experimental vaccine has proved to be, so far, 100 percent effective in some instances.’
- ‘Well, in point of fact, both sides have recognized and acknowledged that this mid-air collision took place in international waters.’
- ‘Intelligence is not all that important in the exercise of power, and is often, in point of fact, useless.’
- ‘Whether she was in fact telling the truth is of course an entirely different matter.’
- ‘It is in fact the truth: she's told the story so many times she now thinks she made it up.’
- ‘And in point of fact, the notion that any species is ‘more evolved’ than another in evolutionary theory is nonsense right from the start.’
- ‘I looked down at the hand of his I could see and realized he was in fact telling the truth.’
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