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 English Vocabulary for ESL learners 


How to announce and respond to bad news.

It is sometimes difficult to know how to announce or respond to bad news.
Here are some phrases and expressions that will help you.

  • BAD NEWS: announcing and responding to bad news 

    1. Announcing bad news
      • I've got some bad news I'm afraid.
      • I'm sorry to have to tell you this but ...
      • I'm afraid I've got something sad to tell you...
      • I don't know how to announce this but ...
      • There's no easy way to say this but ...
      • I feel really bad having to tell you this but ...
      • I've got something unpleasant to announce ...
      • Please don't take this too badly but ...

    2. Responding to bad news
      • How dreadful! I'm really sorry to hear that.
      • What a shame. / What a pity. / How awful.
      • My goodness! What a shock! It's hard to believe.
      • That's sad indeed. I can imagine how you feel.
      • What dreadful news! So sorry. If there's anything I can do ...
      • How unfortunate! That's really tough on you!
      • You must feel terrible. I'm sorry to hear that.
      • You have all my sympathy. I know how you must feel.
      • That's so sad ... and so unexpected. I'm really sorry.
      • It's hard to take but I understand your position.

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