Giving Bad News in English

In case you have to give bad news to someone, you can use the following English phrases and expressions:

 

Giving bad news:

 I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news for you…
 I’m so sorry but…
 I’m sorry to have to tell you that …
 I know this isn’t what you want to hear but…
 I’m afraid to inform you of …
 It is my unfortunate duty to tell you that …
 I really feel bad to have to say this, but …
 I really don’t know how to say it, but …

Responding to bad news:

 I’m sorry to hear that…
 You must be feeling terrible …
 That’s awful!
 Too bad!
 Poor you!
 Please, accept my deepest sympathy.
 Anytime you need to talk, just call me …
 If there’s anything I can do, just let me know…

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