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I have a question about the combination στα αλήθεια.

The noun αλήθεια is feminine, so I would have expected στην αλήθεια.

What is the reason of the neuter plural article σε τα = στα in the combination στα αλήθεια?
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"Στα αλήθεια" is an expression that means really (= αληθινά in Greek).  It is used as an adverb.

Τhe article στα is not typically correct in this phrase, but it is used anyway.  It comes from "στα αληθινά", that is grammatically correct and means the same thing.  Ie the phrase "στα αληθινά" becomes "στα αλήθεια".

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But why is the neuter plural article used then?

Couldn’t it be an analogy with στα ψέμματα, which is grammatically correct?
Hi, I just updated my answer, to make it more explanatory.
Ok, thank you!