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Do you like eating? If so, how about cooking?

Can I replace it with this: Do you like eating? That being said, how about cooking?

I don't expect to be, but if so, I'll let you know.

Can I replace it with this: I don't expect to be. That being said, I'll let you know.

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    You really need to provide more context. That said, your second example is probably better this way: I don't expect to be [elected, represented, told, levitated, etc. etc.] but if I am, I'll let you know. – Lambie Feb 10 at 14:20
  • @ Lambie I'm penitent. Those are just examples from a dictionary. The sentence you suggested is really helpful. Thanks a millon. Might I enquire of you sth further? What did you think of the former case? "Do you like eating? That being said, How about cooking?" – JYJ Feb 10 at 14:42
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I don't expect to be, but if so, I'll let you know.

That example is probably better this way:

I don't expect to be [elected, represented, told, levitated, etc. etc.] but if I am, I'll let you know.

Do you like eating? If so, how about cooking? That sentence is fine. If so means: If you do.

As for that being said, it usually is used to set off a thought or thoughts after another one has been expressed. It would usually not follow a simple question. [Do you like eating? That being said, how about cooking?] In that sentence there is a question, which really doesn't lend itself to being followed by "that being said".

I like eating, especially in expensive restaurants. Eating at home is alright if my father cooks because he is a chef. My mother really doesn't cook very well and even burns the food!. That being said, I would not turn down an invitation to a fast-food restaurant because I really don't know what they are like.

  • Thank you so much. – JYJ Feb 10 at 18:59
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No, "if so" and "that being said" do not usually mean the same thing.

"If so" is a true conditional: "if [whatever has just been stated or asked about] is so".

"That being said" ignores the truth or not of what precedes; and doesn't really make sense following a question.

  • I would like to express my thanks. – JYJ Feb 10 at 19:01

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