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fact, in fact, the fact that, as a matter of fact

Phrases such as the fact that, as a matter of fact and in fact are sometimes wordy and indirect, and often superfluous to the meaning of the sentence, but can be useful for special emphasis and in transitions.

  • I have not lived in Victoria very long. In fact, I arrived only last week.
  • My lawyer emphasized (the fact) that I was a recent immigrant.
  • As a matter of fact, I do own this townhouse!