“We should get started on that sooner rather than later, don't you think?”
Your boss has asked you and a coworker to do a project that will take a few weeks to complete. You're talking with your coworker about it. You think it's a good idea to get started soon, so you suggest that to your coworker.
We should get started on that sooner rather than later, don't you think?
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Use this question to ask for agreement from a listener. People use this expression when:
- they're making a suggestion:
You should ask the professor for help, don't you think?
- they want to state their opinion, but they don't feel confident enough to just directly say it
- they want the listeners to feel included in the statement
Wow. I love this place. It's great, don't you think?
- they want the listener to admit that something is true:
You're too old for that, don't you think?
The phrase "get started" simply means "start".
You use "get started on ___" to talk about work that needs to be done:
Do you want me to get started on the salad?
A: Can you pull together a list of all of our clients in that region for the past two years?
B: Of course. I'll get started on that right away!
Just use "start" to talk about ongoing actions:
I need to start exercising.
This phrase means to do something soon, and not wait. You use it like this:
I think we should talk to an accountant sooner rather than later.
If you're going to break it off with him, you ought to do it sooner rather than later.