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Example,

I just realized why some people still choose him even in the middle of the latter's allegations of corruption. It is because...

Alternative phrases for I just realized

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You can use

  • Now I got to know that ...
  • I discovered ....
  • I just figured out ...
  • Now I know ...
  • I found out ...

Formal

  • I cognized ...
  • I had an epiphany ...
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    These are mostly good, but "Now I got to know that" doesn't sound right to me. I can't put my finger on a specific error, but it definitely isn't idiomatic. And using "cognize" as you propose seems to be technically correct but will come across as extremely pompous - I don't think I've ever seen this usage, even in formal academic writing. Jul 11, 2015 at 18:46
  • Yes, it was sounds fishy to me as well "Now I got to know that ...", that is why I included "Now I know ...". I think there is no need to specify "Now" with a past form of "get".
    – Ritwik
    Jul 12, 2015 at 6:54
  • I'd steer away from cognized.
    – J.R.
    Sep 9, 2018 at 11:53
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Two more:

"It came to my attention"

"I came to the conclusion"

although these would probably work better with "...that" instead of "...why":

I came to the conclusion that some people still choose him even in the middle of the allegations of corruption, because...

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For a use of the passive construction,

It just occurred to me

It just hit me

It just dawned on me.

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