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"having said that..."

Posted by Bob on June 20, 2005

In Reply to: "Having said that..." posted by jen on June 20, 2005

: I do not understand why and when we use the phrase "having said that..." What does it mean and when is it used. Please do provide me an example. Thank you :)

When we say it: when we make a bold assertion, or an assertion that might be taken as bold, and we wish to soften the impact lest we seem too absolute. It's an example of (false?) modesty, a way to hedge your bets, not unlike "on the other hand...."
Having said that ... there may be other uses fro the phrase. I didn't mean to seem all-inclusive....

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