phrase → fact You use the fact that after some verbs or prepositions, especially in expressions such as in view of the fact that, apart from the fact that, and despite the fact that, to link the verb or preposition with a clause. ⇒ His chances do not seem good in view of the fact that the Chief Prosecutor has already voiced his public disapproval. ⇒ Despite the fact that the disease is so prevalent, treatment is still far from satisfactory. ⇒ We have to lie and hide the fact that I have an illness. ⇒ In Rome, meeting him every morning, he soon became aware of the fact that Erter was ill.
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