One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Used to concede the truth of something that conflicts with another point that one wishes to make.‘the ski runs are very limited, to be sure, but excellent for beginners’
- ‘That was unfortunate, to be sure, but certainly not intentional on his part.’
- ‘All of this is disturbing, to be sure, but nothing new to anyone who has ever been involved in this kind of situation.’
- ‘Such insouciance sets an example, to be sure, but not the sort that allows match officials to sleep easily.’
- ‘The wealthy do not speak in one voice, to be sure, but they share a broad common perspective.’
- 1.1 Used for emphasis.‘what an extraordinary woman she was, to be sure’
- ‘There is reason for bitter reflection upon the demise of the American empire, to be sure.’
- ‘Nostalgia, to be sure, is a disease, a disease that not even a double dose of reality can cure.’
- ‘This is, to be sure, not a virtue on our part, but simply an idea we are used to.’
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