"That may be true, but..."Meaning:
used to show that what a person said is probably correct, but there is some important thing that they are forgettingSimilar ExpressionsMaking money for your family is the most important thing in the world.
When do we use it?
- That may be true, but it is also important to be healthy so you can continue to work.
- I mostly agree with you, but it is also important to be healthy so you can continue to work.
- I see your point, but it is also important to be healthy so you can continue to work.
- I get what you are saying, but it is also important to be healthy so you can continue to work.
We use this phrase when we are debating another person. This phrase shows that we agree or acknowledge the other person's point, but there is something that they are forgetting or not including. Therefore, we do not fully agree with their argument. How do we use it?
Put this phrase at the beginning of a sentence and it is followed by our point.
A) Jon should become the manager because he is the most talented.
B) That may be true, but he is not the best at dealing with people. Therefore, I think Karen should be the next manager. She is the best at dealing with people.
We can also make a longer version of this by using the following sentence pattern. It may be true that..., but...
Example English Conversation
- It may be true that Jon is not great with people, but it is important for our department to have a manager who has the skill and know-how to do the job well.
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