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Qualifying Phrases 转折短语

Recently I came cross an article about film critics. It's very interesting. But the phrase 'That said' at the beginning of a sentence in this article annoyed me. What does it actually mean?

Tao Shu, China

This week Li and William answer a useful question about the phrase 'that said'. This is used to highlight a change or contrast in the speaker's attitude towards something. Look at this dialogue:

A: Do you like Madonna?

B: Yes I do. That said, I've never bought any of her albums.

Now look at this dialogue, which you will hear in the programme. What other phrases can you see that have a similar function to 'that said'? Find out if you're right by listening to the programme.


Doctor: Would you say you have a healthy lifestyle?

Patient: Well I don't know. I don't smoke or drink. But on the other hand I don't really get much exercise, so...

A man on some scales

When was the last time you weighed yourself?

Doctor: When was the last time you weighed yourself?

Patient: Um, I can't really remember.

Doctor: OK, well according to the chart you're not technically overweight. That said, I don't think it would do any harm to try and get a bit more exercise. Try cycling to work in the morning instead of taking the bus. Or you might think about joining a gym.

Patient: Right.

Doctor: Having said that, don't push yourself too hard to begin with. Do lots of warm-up exercises before you start.

Patient: Ok.

Doctor: How about diet? Do you eat lots of red meat?

Patient: Yeah I do eat meat with most of my meals actually, yeah.

Doctor: Right, well you want to think about that. Try eating fish once a week and perhaps give the bacon sandwiches a miss at lunchtime!

Patient: Yep.

Doctor: Then again, a small amount of red meat can be good for you, since it contains a lot of protein, although it's probably better to grill rather than fry it.

Patient: Ok, so I need to cut down on red meat and get more exercise basically.

Doctor: Yes, that would be my advice. But saying that, you seem to be relatively fit and healthy.


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Glossary 词汇

contrast 对比

attitude 态度

function 作用

according to 根据

don't push yourself too hard 不要太强迫自己

warm-up exercises 暖身练习

diet 饮食

protein 蛋白

cut down on 减少