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