Could someone please explain me how and when to use 'Having said that' in the beginning of a sentence?
I heard somebody saying it but didn't really understand the meaning.
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It a linking phrase or conjunction which people use in different ways to join two clauses. It is quite general and can be used to replace other conjunctions, but I tend to use it when I want to put the opposite view or qualify what I said in the first clause. It is better used at the beginning when the second clause is a new sentence.
I love teaching English. However/Having said that/On the other hand, students can be annoying!
London is a very expensive city. Having said that/Neverthless I love living there.
So the literal meaning is "Having said what I have just said" - which is very complicated!