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    #1

    breaking shocking news

    Hello everybody!

    If someone is about to break shocking news to someone else, is it right to say "It is probably best if you sit down?"

    What do you think?

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    #2

    Re: breaking shocking news

    Yes.

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    #3

    Re: breaking shocking news

    That's okay. You can also phrase it as a question: "Are you sitting down?" This is understood as You really should be sitting down.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: breaking shocking news

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Hello everybody!

    If someone is about to break shocking news to someone else, is it right to say "It is probably best if you sit down?"

    What do you think?
    Well, it could have a worse effect than the news itself. Try "I need to tell you that...….".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 05-Apr-2020 at 18:23. Reason: Fixed typo

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    #5

    Re: breaking shocking news

    Have you heard the one about the cat on the roof?
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    #6

    Re: breaking shocking news

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Have you heard the one about the cat on the roof?
    No. But go ahead. We're sitting down.
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    #7

    Re: breaking shocking news

    OK. A guy is on vacation, and his friend is supposed to be looking after his house while he is gone. When he gets back his friend breaks the bad news rather abruptly. He says. "Your cat died." Joe says, "Oscar, that's not the way to break bad news. Say 'The cat was on the roof. Unfortunately, the cat fell off of the the roof, and the cat died.'" Then Oscar says, "Joe, your mother-in-law was on the roof."
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    #8

    Re: breaking shocking news

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    That's okay. You can also phrase it as a question: "Are you sitting down?" This is understood as You really should be sitting down.
    Or You may need to sit down for this.

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    #9

    Re: breaking shocking news

    You had better sit down for this.
    You'd better take a seat. (more informal)
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    #10

    Re: breaking shocking news

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post

    What do you think?

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    Hello,

    1. "It is probably best if you sit down" would, I think, unduly scare someone.

    2. I would suggest being more indirect.

    Mona: Are you busy right now?

    Raul: No.

    Mona: May I speak with you in the living room?

    Raul: Sure. What's up?

    Mona sits on the sofa; Raul sits in an armchair.

    Mona: I have some bad news about Mother's condition.

    Raul: Oh, my God!

    Mona: I'm very sorry, but ...

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