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 English Vocabulary for learners 

announcing and responding to bad news

Learners of English sometimes find it 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 ...
      • It is my unfortunate duty to tell you that...
      • I regret to say that we will no longer be able to ...
      • 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! I'm so sorry to hear that. 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.
      • How awful! The situation must be very difficult for you.
      • It's hard to take but I understand your position.

English idioms

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