I have "...et n'a pas l'intention de rester" (not sure if that is correct), but I really want to add in the word actually as I feel it would make the sentence a lot better (in this case). Thanks in advance!

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    Think about how you would explain the meaning or purpose of actually in this sentence. If you can find a way to explain it, add it to your question. Then we may try to find a way to express that. Actually in itself doesn't mean much, it's just punctuation. Commented Aug 4, 2017 at 21:37
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    can you add some piece of context, that piece can have a lot of interpretation by itself.
    – Charly
    Commented Aug 7, 2017 at 13:29
  • @StéphaneGimenez I'd say it can be more than punctuation depending on the situation! I think the key is "contrary to appearances, expectations, or claims", and potentially adds a damning element here. But as Charly says, it's hard to know without more of the context.
    – Luke Sawczak
    Commented Aug 7, 2017 at 13:52

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Possibly: ...et n'a pas vraiment l'intention de rester


I would like to say that this would possibly be: "...et il n'avait pas vraiment l'intention de rester"

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