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Of course

We use of course to mean something like ‘as everybody knows’ or ‘as is obvious’.

  • It looks as if the sun goes round the earth, but of course the earth really goes around the sun.

Of course is not a polite reply to a statement of fact.

Compare:

  • ‘Could you help me?’ ‘Of course.’
  • ‘It is cold.’ ‘It certainly is.’ (‘Of course it is’ would be quite rude, because it would suggest that the first speaker said something too obvious to be worth mentioning.)

See Also

Since, for, ago and before
Has/have been and has/have gone
They're, there and their
Too and to
It's and its

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