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Dec 31, 2021

In fact, at the time of the Covid-19, this infamous pandemic, and our obsessions, I would say "in celebration!".

In fact, I dream of it! This is at the height of my concerns. We are fed up with defeats.

The government tells us, "don't worry, our solutions are perfect."

Okay, they're not prophets either, nor are they currently pro-parties ...

They don't do it again for me. Open the cafet ', we have a little puff, and all the people will be satisfied.

Of course, you should always be wary of couriers who come as spoilers, dispatched in the meantime, by the local prefect, instead of dealing with the sellers of amphetes ...

In fact, let's not lose our minds.

By the way, where was I? Too late, it's done.


Dec 31, 2021

let's review together.

"In fact" or "in fact",

Good reading.

"In fact" or "by the way"?

"In fact" or "by the way"?

SPEAKER - "Actually, I think" or "By the way, I think"? The two expressions are flourishing on a daily basis. When is it okay to use them?

Le Figaro returns to their good use.

In fact, the weather is not so beautiful "," What is he doing anyway ? "" But in fact, who is Nathalie Arthaud ", still headlined Franceinfo this April 20. The examples are numerous and eloquent. The phrases are invariably exchanged on the web on a daily basis. "By the way", sometimes written off, at the beginning or end of a sentence, often wrongly taking the meaning of "in fact". Where does this strange tic of language come from? How to avoid making a mistake by using it?

Let's open the thesaurus.  By the way , the CNRTL tells us, is an elision of the phrase to go to the point. Used in the same sense as the expression "en come", it means "to tackle the gist of the subject ".


Dec 31, 2021

Polysemous, the formula can also be used in the sense of "to put someone in the know of something", "to be in the know" or "to be in the know". In addition to these various meanings, the dictionary reminds us that it is quite correct to use "au fait" as an interjection at the beginning of a sentence. The formula will then mean "about". Be careful, however. Good use does not lead to good taste, so let's try to avoid using "au fait" with each new tirade. Let's always get straight to the point!

What about the phrase " in fact "? The dictionary is made more elliptical. Apart from the formula " in fact of " meaning " with regard to , in matters of" , nowhere is there mention of our little tic of language.

Does this mean that it should be banned? Not quite. The French Academy indicates its proper use in its Say / Do not say section.

If the phrase is often wrongly used as an equivalent of the conjunction "but", the wise remind us that the formula " in fact " can have only two meanings: " really , really " and " contrary to appearances ". It is therefore correct to say " He is actually (really) very charming" or " In fact (contrary to appearances) he is not that likable".

Conversely, it will always be wrong to use it in the following sentences: " He was there, but, in fact, he left", "you wanted bread in fact there was already some at home". The expression "in fact" being used here twice in the sense of "but".


Apr 26, 2023

I think it would be best to only write "in fact" once. Repeating it multiple times can sound repetitive and be redundant.