to be sure

to be sure  {adv. phr.}
Without a doubt; certainly; surely.
"Didn't you say Mr. Smith would take us home?" "Oh, yes. To be sure, I did." — Often used before a clause beginning with "but".
He works slowly, to be sure, but he does a good job.
To be sure, Jim is a fast skater, but he is not good at doing figures.
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