Linking words: as a matter of fact, in fact, actually, to tell the truth
The expressions actually, in fact and as a matter of fact are often used to introduce additional information.
‘Was the film good?’ ‘Yes, as a matter of fact it was terrific.’
‘What did you think of her performance?’ ‘Well, actually, it was amazing.’
As a matter of fact, she is several inches taller than her husband.
‘Did you meet the Minister?’ ‘Yes, in fact, he even invited us to have lunch with him.’
All four of these expressions can be used to say something contrary to the hearer’s expectations.
‘How much were the oranges?’ ‘Well, to tell the truth, I forgot to buy them.’
‘I hope you got the job.’ ‘No, as a matter of fact, I didn’t.’
‘Was the concert nice?’ ‘Well, actually, I didn’t go.’
Actually is often used to introduce corrections.
‘Hello, Peter.’ ‘Actually, my name is John.’