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    #1

    If truth be told,

    What is the difference between two?

    1. If truth be told
    2. If truth is told

    We are quite confident that we are more interesting, attractive, friendly, and successful than the average person. We may not admit it openly when questioned, but we have a strong sense that this is correct. If truth be told, some of us are more creative, honest, and funny than the average person, but about half of us are not. The thing is, we are blind to our own illusions. However, while we do not recognize our own biases, we can often detect biases in others.

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    #2

    Re: If truth be told,

    The phrase is correct.

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    #3

    Re: If truth be told,

    We don't use "If truth is told" in that context (or in any other context that I can think of at the moment).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: If truth be told,

    Please let me know the difference.

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    #5

    Re: If truth be told,

    Just think of it as a set phrase. If truth be told = If we are to be honest about something.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: If truth be told,

    Thank you all for your kind explanation, and I also need to have it in a grammatical term. Someone says it's a present conditional, which doesn't make sense.
    I think this is similar to these.

    I suggest that she (should) go home to avoid this dangerous situation
    He insisted that I get the checkup for possible cancer.

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    #7

    Re: If truth be told,

    Those are the mandative subjunctive.

    http://grammar.about.com/od/mo/g/Man...ubjunctive.htm

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