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    #1

    the fact that his cousin visits him too often

    a. Tim keeps talking about the fact that his cousin visits him too often.
    b. Tim keeps talking about his cousin visiting him too often.

    c. Tim keeps complaining about the fact that his cousin visits him too often.
    d. Tim keeps complaining about his cousin visiting him too often.


    Which imply that the speaker believes that the cousin really does visit him too often?
    Which could be used if the speaker disagrees with Tim?
    Which could be used if the speaker has no idea if Tim's cousin visits him too often or not?

    Many thanks.

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    #2

    Re: the fact that his cousin visits him too often

    In all scenarios, the speaker simply reports a fact. Even with the word "keep", it is hard to discern how the speaker feels about it. In conversation, what can be implied depends on the tone of the speaker, not mere words.

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    #3

    Re: the fact that his cousin visits him too often

    It would be logical to assume that adding the fact that means the speaker is emphasizing factuality. Unfortunately, the fact that is widely used when the speaker is talking about something which is completely contrary to fact.
    I am not a teacher.

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