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24th January 2021

You're not going to like this, but...

We use this expression to introduce a negative idea that we think could cause a problem.
Usage
Written: 
No
Spoken: 
Yes
Formal: 
No
Informal: 
Yes
Example 1
Where's Xavier?
You're not going to like this, but he said he doesn't want to see you again.
Example 2
Right, are you ready to go now?
You're not going to like this. The boss said we have to stay another hour to finish this.

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