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    really and in fact

    Someone thinks she is a driver, but really,(in fact) she is a passenger. Which one is correct ?
    My question is about using of really and in fact, but please correct my sentence if necessary.
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    Re: really and in fact

    Quote Originally Posted by suthipong worasarn View Post
    Someone thinks she is a driver, but really,(in fact) she is a passenger. Which one is correct ?
    My question is about using of really and in fact, but please correct my sentence if necessary.
    I'd use in fact, but really is possible; both expressions could also be placed after she is.

    I have to say that the situation sounds very weird to me. I cannot imagine a passenger thinking she is a driver.

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    Re: really and in fact

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I'd use in fact, but really is possible; both expressions could also be placed after she is.

    I have to say that the situation sounds very weird to me. I cannot imagine a passenger thinking she is a driver.


    My English was not clear. May I say in another way. I though Miss J. was the driver of that car, but in fact she was a passenger.

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    Re: really and in fact

    Quote Originally Posted by suthipong worasarn View Post
    My English was not clear. May I say in another way. I thought Miss J. was the driver of that car, but in fact she was a passenger.
    Yes, that makes more sense.

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    Re: really and in fact

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Yes, that makes more sense.

    Thank you.

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    Re: really and in fact

    Quote Originally Posted by suthipong worasarn View Post
    I thought Miss J. was the driver of that car, but in fact she was a passenger.
    As fivejedjon already said, now it is correct.
    But I would like to add the following:

    i) If there were more than one passenger in the car, you could also say in fact she was one of the passengers.
    ii) If, besides the driver, there was only one passenger in the car you could say in fact she was the passenger.
    iii) In the original sentence, if you changed the indefinite article 'a' to the define one 'the' all this confusion would be avoided (but we would miss an important opportunity to discuss English). I mean probably the sentence 'Someone thinks she is the driver, but in fact she is a passenger' would look less weird to fivejedjon's eyes (and to mine as well).

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