Phrase Friday: With that having been said…

This phrase bugs me a lot because it doesn’t always appear grammatically correct. Having said that, you can say it in many different ways and there’s nothing really wrong with any of them:

  • That being said, …
  • That having been said, …
  • Having said that, …
  • That said, …
  • With that having been said, …
  • With that being said, …
  • Now that has been said, …

You get the idea. Surprisingly, all of these are grammatically okay to use. That being said, use what sounds best in the sentence – don’t just throw any old words in there! For example:

“I like ice cream. That having been said, I don’t really like banana splits.”

See how that sounds a little awkward? Try this instead:

“I like ice cream. Having said that, on second thought, I don’t really like banana splits.”

See how that makes much more sense? Think about the flow of your words and whether you are jerking the reader along or smoothly taking them through a thought. This is a big part of what an editor does: they can read your work as an impartial third party and see what the reader sees – especially in tricky scenarios like this, where you could easily have missed the awkward (but correct) phrasing.

Further reading: English Stack Exchange; Merriam-Webster

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