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    I'm looking for a phrase !

    Hi there ,

    As you saw , I'm looking for a phrase or idiom and I hope you can help me to find that.

    I'm going to have a presentation in next week.

    I want to know, which phrase can I displace with the following ?

    '' I'm presenting and I want to change topic of the presentation for a moment and explain another topic , then come back to main topic ''

    Sorry if my description was so vague.
    Thanks

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    Re: I'm looking for a phrase !

    '' I'm presenting and I want to change topic of the presentation for a moment and explain another topic , then come back to main topic ''

    You could say:
    "I'd like to put today's topic to one side for a moment (for a minute). I'll come back to it shortly (presently), but first I want to say a few words about ..."
    or
    "I hope you don't mind if I put today's topic to one side for a moment. I'll come back to it shortly, but first I'd like to say a few words about ..."

    In this informal sense "minute" can, like "moment", mean a short period of time.
    Of course, if the presentation is in the evening, then: "... this evening's topic ..."

    Or more simply: "Before I get onto today's main topic, I'd like to briefly say a few words about ..."

    not a teacher

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