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    Speaking about ..., subject ...

    Hello! Could you please help me understand if this sentence is correct: “Speaking about vegetarians, they choose this way of life for a number of reasons”?
    I’m wondering if the subject ‘they’ can be used just after the phrase ‘speaking about vegetarians’?

    Or should I write instead: ‘Speaking about vegetarians, I think/in my opinion they choose this way of life for a number of reasons.”?

    Many thanks in advance!

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    Re: Speaking about ..., subject ...

    I would use "speaking of" or "talking about", not "speaking about" in that kind of sentence.

    While it's not incorrect to include "I think/in my opinion" in that sentence, those are usually not included as they just repeat the function of "speaking of."

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    Re: Speaking about ..., subject ...

    In BrE, we'd use "Talking of ..." when someone has just mentioned the subject and you want to add more information or your opinion.

    Jane: I'm taking my cousin out for dinner on Friday night.
    Tom: Where are you going?
    Jane: We're going to Whole Earth because she's vegetarian.
    Tom: Oh, lovely. I've heard it's really good. Several vegetarians have told me great things about it.
    Jane: Talking of vegetarians, didn't your wife go veggie last year?
    Tom: Yes, she did and actually she's just gone vegan.
    Jane: Wow, good for her. She should come to Whole Earth with us sometime. They have plenty of vegan options.

    In that dialogue, vegetarians have already been mentioned but Jane wants to continue on the same topic but introduce a new question.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Speaking about ..., subject ...

    Thank you very much for your answers and very clear examples!

    The thing is that this particular sentence was taken from a written assignment “an informal letter to a friend” (In a workshop, I took part in, we discussed common mistakes students in my country usually make in their writing tasks).
    Could you please explain once again if this phrase could be used in WRITTEN speech at all, i.e. a letter? And if it could, should it then be “speaking of.../talking of ” or ‘speaking about...’? Or is its usage restricted to spoken English only?
    Many thanks in advance!
    P.S. This question might not seem to be very important but, in fact, it is. This is one of the clichés students normally use in this kind of writing. It's better to know if needs correction.

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    Re: Speaking about ..., subject ...

    "Speaking about" doesn't work. What emsr2d2 and I said in posts 3 and 2 respectively also applies to the context of an informal letter.

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