“Before we get started, I have something to tell everyone. I wanted to let you all know that I'm pregnant.”

English Lesson: Before we get started, I have something to tell everyone. I wanted to let you all know that I'm pregnant.

You're 3 months pregnant. You haven't told your coworkers yet, but now you're ready to announce it. You say this at the beginning of a meeting,

Before we get started, I have something to tell everyone. I wanted to let you all know that I'm pregnant.

I wanted to let you know that (clause)

Use this expression to tell people something that's kind of important, and maybe a little emotional:

I wanted to let you know that I've decided to retire at the end of this year.

I wanted to let you know that I really appreciate all the hard work you put into this.

This phrase makes your sentence seem a little bit important and formal.

Before we get started...

You can hear this English expression in a meeting. If there are announcements to make, people to introduce, or other things to talk about before the main topic of the meeting, someone will say "Before we get started...":

Before we get started, I wanted to introduce everyone to a new member of our team. This is Hyejin Lee.

The host of a TV or radio talk show sometimes uses this expression as well.

I have something to tell you.

"I have something to tell you" is a phrase that you use when you're announcing something important. Here are some examples of things that you might announce using this phrase:

  • You're pregnant.
  • You're moving to another city.
  • You've quit your job.
  • You've broken something that belongs to your friend.
  • You're getting married.
  • You're getting divorced.

You can also play a trick on a friend by saying "I have something to tell you..." in a dramatic voice, and then announcing something silly like "I ate a sandwich for lunch!"

(someone) is pregnant

When a woman is going to have a baby, she's "pregnant".

Many, many years ago, it was impolite to directly say that a woman was pregnant. People found ways to avoid saying it like "She's expecting" or "She's with child." But these days, it's completely normal and acceptable to say that a woman is pregnant.


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