"break the news" -- natural way to say the phrase


#1

Hello,
I have a question on the phrase “break the news.” It means “tell bad news”, so I think there is no need to use “bad” here.
Does this sentence sound natural? Or, should I omit “to me” because it’s obvious? Or, do you happen to have any other options?

The doctor broke the news to me I had a breast cancer.

Thank you in advance,
sweetpumpkin


#2

Yes, i agree, “break” is only used with bad news. Good news would be “share the news”. I like the “to me” in your sentence - I mean maybe he was breaking the news to your family.


#3

But, Luschen, when the TV channels use the phrase ‘Breaking News’, they mean any kind of news which is latest and important!


#4

Yes, you are correct. My characterization really only works in the specific idiom “break the news”.


#9

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