Before you start <vs> before you get started

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panzerfaust0

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mandarin
Hello. Today at work, I heard my boss said this to someone: "before you get started, I just want to tell you a few things".

I thought that I would have said, "before you start". I think both are grammatical, with the only difference that my boss's sentence sounds more natural. Am I right? How does each of these make you feel, as a native speaker? Which would you recommend that I speak from now on? Thanks.
 
  • DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    I think the boss's version sounds more idiomatic in speech, but I'd be wary of using "get started" in formal writing.
     
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