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be that as it may

FORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase be that as it may

Meaning

You can say this if what someone has just told you doesn't change your opinion or your plans.

For example

  • "She forgets her lines and she drinks too much."
    "Be that as it may, she's a great actress and I think we should hire her."

  • "He's got a lot of experience."
    "Be that as it may, it's time we replaced him with someone younger."

Quick Quiz

I said, "I'm a good worker," and my boss said, "Be that as it may,

a. I want to thank you."

b. we can't keep you on."

c. I'm giving you a pay rise."

Contributor: Matt Errey