One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In actual fact (used to contrast a false idea of what is true or possible with one that is more accurate)‘she had believed she could control these feelings, but in reality that was not so easy’
in fact, in actual fact, in point of fact, as a matter of fact, actually, really, in truth, if truth be toldView synonyms
- ‘Everyone has their fantasies but in reality very few men actually fulfill them.’
- ‘They seem so remote, although in reality civilisation is never very far away.’
- ‘He may be amused by the idea but in reality it would never suit a man with such unabashed ambition.’
- ‘While this might appear to be a dispute about a material fact, in reality it is not.’
- ‘We like to think our media are free, but in reality they often dance to another's tune.’
- ‘In fact, in reality, the cottage's location turned out to be even better than that!’
- ‘Initially they may seem excellent to admire but, in reality, some can be of very dubious quality.’
- ‘Interest rates appear to be more affordable than at any previous time, but in reality they are very high.’
- ‘I appreciate that many people go to the movies to escape reality, but in reality there is no escape.’
- ‘It is tempting to suggest nothing has changed, but in reality everything has.’
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