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    #1

    Smile when/whether it comes to

    Please, dear teachers, could you shed a light on this?

    I am trying to understand the use (or usage?) of that sentence:

    When it comes to football, I can tell you something.
    Whether it comes to money, my cousin speaks out loud.
    When it comes to Mathematics, John is a good mathematician, he could teach us something new.

    I am guessing it means, 'speaking of ....', so, is it? If not, what does it mean? And... are those sentence in blue right?

    Thank you very much!

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    Re: when/whether it comes to

    Hello Marcio,

    Only #1 and #3 of your sentences are correct.

    "When it comes to" has the sense "In the field of", or "When it is a question of", or "On the subject of".

    "Speaking of" is a good way to think of it. However, the phrase "speaking of" already has a different meaning: it is used to link one discussion with a new discussion, e.g.

    1. Speaking of football, did you see Arsenal last night?

    This means that in a previous discussion, football has been mentioned in passing, and the speaker wishes to start a new discussion on that subject.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    Smile Re: when/whether it comes to

    Thank you Mr Pedantic, I knew 'speaking of...' was not the best way of saying that, but I had nothing else in mind.
    By the way, you really clarified it to me, couldn't find anything else better!

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    Re: when/whether it comes to

    You're welcome!

    Best wishes,

    MrP

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