“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.
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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.
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" 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!"
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.