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    #1

    If the truth be told

    I am wondering if my sentence is grammatically correct.

    If the truth be told, Brian didn't enjoy playing golf, but he did play to please his boss.

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    #2

    Re: If the truth be told

    Yes, it is.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #3

    Re: If the truth be told

    In my variant of English, we don't use the article. We say "If truth be told, ..." or sometimes just "Truth be told, ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: If the truth be told

    I don't think Americans use the either. I certainly don't.

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    #5

    Re: If the truth be told

    The form with 'the' appears to be marginally more common - Ngram.

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    #6

    Re: If the truth be told

    I am in the minority too.

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    #7

    Re: If the truth be told

    I'm reading Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), by Harriet Beecher Stowe, and just came upon the following quote:

    "Now, if the truth must be told, our senator had the misfortune to be a man who had a particularly humane and accessible nature, and turning away anybody that was in trouble never has been his forte; and what was worse for him in this particular pinch of the argument was that his wife knew it, and, of course, was making an assault on rather an indefensible point."

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