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Ways of emphasizing that something is true although it may be surprising

actual

adjective

used for emphasizing what is really true or exact compared with what people expected

really

adverb, interjection

used for talking about what is in fact true, especially when something else seems to be true

positively

adverb

used for emphasizing that something is true, especially something surprising or unexpected

on the contrary

used for emphasizing that something is true, even though it is the opposite of something that has been said

strangely enough

used for saying that something is true, even though it is surprising or unusual

the fact remains that

used for emphasizing that something is still true despite what people have said or done

I can tell you

used for emphasizing that what you are saying is true, although it may seem surprising or hard to believe

in (actual) fact

used for saying what is really true, when this is surprising or different from what people think

as it happens

used for saying that something is true, although it is surprising

believe it or not

used for emphasizing that something is very surprising but true

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