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    #1

    We did it

    How to use it better?

    Actually we did it a long time ago. or Actually, we did it a long time ago.?

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    #2

    Re: We did it

    Use the one with the comma.

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    #3

    Re: We did it

    When an adverb modifies a whole sentence, we usually separate it with a comma, or commas if it is in the middle.

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    #4

    Re: We did it

    I think they are called 'sentence adverbs' according to the following dictionary, but I am not a teacher.
    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/wo...ntence-adverbs

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    #5

    Re: We did it

    They are.

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    #6

    Re: We did it

    Note that "How to use it better?" is not the correct way to construct a question. Many learners try to use "How to ...?" and we consistently have to correct them. Your question could have been :
    1) "How can I make this better?"
    or
    2) "Which is the better sentence?" or "Which of the following sentences is better?"

    Bear in mind that those two questions do not mean the same thing. The second would have been a good choice for this particular context where you gave us two sentences and asked us to choose between them.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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