Be that as it may

Discussion in 'English Only' started by IMBpeter, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. IMBpeter Member

    Be that as it may, we remain with the conclusion that CE and SWE are drifting slightly apart, and the question arises whether we should worry about this.

    What does "Be that as it may" mean?

    Source: from book " The chemist's English".
  2. Cagey post mod

    English - US
    Our current dictionary* has this definition of the phrase be that as it may:
    be that as it may ⇒ in spite of that: a sentence connector conceding the possible truth of a previous statement and introducing an adversative clause: be that as it may, I still think he should come.

    We would need the previous sentence to know why "be that as it may" is used here.

    *Collins Concise English Dictionary.
  3. IMBpeter Member

    Cagey, thanks, I know what it is.

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