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    Default Having said that

    Hi,

    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.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks and Regards

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    Default Re: Having said that

    Quote Originally Posted by explorelang
    Hi,
    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.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thanks and Regards
    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!

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