writing - Should I write "that being said" (vs. "that's been said" or "Having said that")?

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2014-07
  • VonC

    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)

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  • VonC

    I frequently edit questions on StackOverflow, and I always fix the "i" into "I".
    See this edit revision for instance.

    When i I start my tomcat, i I am getting this problem.
    How could i I resolve this problem.

    Am I right to do so?


    Benjol points out an interesting thread illustrating that debate:

    The point of text on a site like this is to communicate.
    Why do you want to make it harder to communicate than it has to be?
    You may like writing with no capitalization, but I think it's pretty clear that people prefer reading with capitalization.
    If you don't care about making life easier for those trying to help you, why do you think anyone will bother helping you in the first place?

    Readers of the modern English language have grown accustomed to certain norms. Paragraphs, for one. Punctuation. Consistent spelling. And, of course, capitalization.


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