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Jane Mairs, Director of English language Learning Publishing
"Having said that,..." or "That said,..."
Tuesday June 3rd 2014
Question
What does it mean when people start a sentence with "Having said that...." ? — student, United States
Answer

“Having said that” is a transitional phrase that has become more and more common in spoken language. When people say, “Having said that” it is a signal that they are going to say something which will contrast or disagree with what they said a moment ago. Take, for example, this quote from a man talking about his father’s death:

  • “He was 93 years old, so it was the natural way of things. Having said that, it’s still a shock when it actually happens, when your parent dies.”

Here are two more examples from the Learner’s Dictionary:

  • Their work has been fairly good. Having said that, I still think there's room for improvement.
  • Much of the book was very dull. Having said that, I have to admit that the ending was extremely clever.

People use the expression "That said..." in exactly the same way:

  • Their work has been fairly good. That said, I still think there's room for improvement.
  • Much of the book was very dull. That said, I have to admit that the ending was extremely clever.

I hope this helps. 

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