Please take a look at the example below:
"Are you trying to mislead them?"
"No, I am not trying to mislead them, _____, I am leading them onto the right track!"
At first I thought the word "instead" would work, then it just didn't sound quite right to me.
Is "instead" Ok in here or are there any better choices(either words or phrases)?
Actually, In fact, really, in truth, the truth is, to the contrary, just the opposite, etc., etc., and etc.
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