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As an alternative to saying “<fact>, right?”, @Bob-the-zealot suggests “Is it that <fact>?” (the example given was “Is it that you are going tomorrow on the 11:30 flight?”). I'm aware of constructs like “How is it that <fact>?” and “Is it true that <fact>?”, but is “Is it that <fact>?” valid English? And if so, is it restricted to a region, historical period or otherwise?

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    It's grammatical, but we can't tell this without clicking your link. [fact] doesn't give us enough information. Could you please edit your question to include at least a complete sentence as an example? – snailplane Aug 1 '14 at 8:38
  • I tried to think of whether this was valid, "Is it that the sky is blue", "is the sky blue", however, no; this does not sound correct to me. I don't know of any time I would say "that" to define a fact. – Sammaye Aug 1 '14 at 14:59
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A native English speaker would not say "Is it that [fact]?" in such a context, but instead "Is it true that [fact]?"

"Is it that [fact]?" may appear in other contexts, with it standing in for something like the problem:

People grimace when I sing. Is it that I am a bad singer?

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