It is hard for me to understand the meaning of the expression "saying that". If it is at the beginning of the sentence, how is it right to explain? Where is it appropriate to use and what construction to write?

Here's an example, from a list of tips about how to improve English:

  1. Plan to take a test. You’ll find that you work harder when you need to study for something.
  2. Saying that, it’s better not to study just to take a test. Think of the bigger picture. What can you do when you have a good command of English? How will the quality of your life improve?

I believe "saying that" is used in the same sense of "having said that", "that said" or "that being said".

However, it is not a common phrase. I suggest you avoid it and use the more common and fossilized phrases such as those which are listed above.

  • Thank you. I thought about that, but I needed someone to confirm my suggestions. – Виктория Адамович Jul 9 '19 at 16:07
  • Agree. The phrase “having said that” is an example of a cliché — avoid! – whiskeychief Aug 17 '19 at 12:27

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