I often write what "sounds" right (being not a native English speaker/writer), and I believe the expression "that being said" to be fairly common, as opposed to a more complete form like "that's been said" or "Having said that".

In doubt, I turn to google fight, which seems to confirm the common usage. (not exactly the right reference, I know.)

Yet, I don't think that "that being said" is correct, especially in writing. "That said" is even more common. Is it also acceptable in writing?

What expression would you use in formal writing? (Not too formal though: like a technical forum)


Both "that said" and "that being said" are common (possibly too common) and perfectly grammatical, and sufficiently formal as well. "Having said that" is also correct, but to be correct the subject in what follows must be whoever said that (usually "I"). For instance, you can say:

  • Roses are usually red. That [being] said, they are also…

But you'd have to say:

  • I like turtles. Having said that, I will now proceed to show…

That said, if you don't follow it up with "I", many people wouldn't notice anything amiss these days.

"That's been said" is a full sentence (edit: complete clause), and it only means "That has been said". Full stop. It cannot be used to introduce the rest of the sentence in the same manner.

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    Of course both of those require subjects. It looks to me like the difference is that (1) is a stative predicate ("being said"), so it need not have an agent or causer in subject position. (2) ("having said") is not stative and requires an agent of some kind.
    – Alan Hogue
    Aug 6 '10 at 7:54
  • Yes of course, the sentence still requires a subject... probably I should have said it constrains you to a specific subject. :-) Aug 6 '10 at 8:56
  • What do you think of njd's comment below, about "That's been said" being incorrect?
    – VonC
    Aug 7 '10 at 15:13
  • @VonC: As njd says, "That's been said" is incorrect when used in the same context as the other two. That's what I also said. As an independent stand-alone sentence, it is fine. Aug 7 '10 at 16:40
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    @ShreevatsaR, "Having said that", "that said" and "that being said" actually mean "however". I think that the examples that you gave can mislead us from that meaning. Maybe a more appropriate example would be "I like turtles. Having said that, I would never have a turtle as a pet."
    – b.roth
    Nov 16 '10 at 9:28

To my ear, "that's been said" is actually wrong if used in this context. The other two, "that being said" and "having said that" are normal; I would say they are somewhat fossilized expressions. However, they aren't ungrammatical. For instance:

1) The car being washed, Hugo went home. (somewhat archaic sounding, but I think fine)

2) Having washed the car, Hugo went home. (perfect)

"That's been said" will sound distinctly odd if used in the same way, probably just because it is not a recognized idiom.

  • Actually, I think it sounds odd even without taking into account how common the other expressions are. Consider: 3) * The car's been washed, Hugo went home. I think this has something to do with the difference in aspect, but I am not sure. Interesting!
    – Alan Hogue
    Aug 6 '10 at 7:42
  • +1. The (a) correct phrasing of (3) would be "The car having been washed, Hugo went home" or "Having washed the car, Hugo went home". Aug 6 '10 at 7:45
  • Wait, I get it. "That's been said" is a passive construction. That's why it would sound so odd.
    – Alan Hogue
    Aug 6 '10 at 7:57
  • Which is to say that it's a complete clause, unlike the other two.
    – Alan Hogue
    Aug 6 '10 at 8:09
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    "That's been said" is incorrect, and is just a mis-hearing of the correct phrase "That being said". Look up en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eggcorn
    – njd
    Aug 6 '10 at 16:38

It simply offers more variety. I edit texts and there is only so much repetition of "however" I can take before I start changing things. I really like the Phrase "that being said."


Don't try to use "that being said", "having said that" or any other variation of this faddish hackneyed phrase. Instead use "however" or "but".

  • Yea pure fluff. I can see that 'was said'. It's like saying the tire was round, well duh! When I encounter an article that uses these fluff phrases I usually just stop reading. Dec 28 '16 at 1:52
  • you seem to oppose evolution of the language Jan 15 '18 at 9:26
  • How is stating the obvious an evolution? It's actually easier to say 'however' or 'but', and I don't think those words annoy anyone. May 17 '18 at 20:17
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    How exactly are however or but not just as hackneyed? There’s nothing ‘faddish’ about ‘that being said’ etc.; they’ve been used for at least two centuries. And most importantly, they don’t necessarily mean the same as however or but. They are participial clauses with the verb say, and while they are often used concessively, they can also be used literally, similar to ‘having established that’, with no notion of opposition between the preceding and the following content. This answer (1) does not answer the question, and (2) is patently wrong. Feb 14 '19 at 15:32
  • @user3015682 ‘That being said’ is nothing like “saying the tire was round”. Firstly because the latter does not have any kind of concessive meaning, and secondly because the latter is a complete clause (≈ a statement), while the former is not. If ‘that being said’ is “stating the obvious”, then so is however or but. But it’s not, because it’s not stating anything at all. It’s taking something (which may indeed be obvious) as the conditioning premise for the actual statement, which is what follows. Feb 14 '19 at 15:37

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