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Common English Expressions: Giving Bad News

Useful Expressions-Giving Bad News


A Bad News is one that is troublesome, unwelcome, irritating or dangerous. It is always regarded as undesirable and disagreeable. Delivering someone a Bad News is not an easy task.
This difficult task requires patience and refined communication skills, and must be approached with empathy.

GIVING BAD NEWS

  I’m so/extremely/really sorry but…
  I’m sorry to say that…
  I’m sorry to tell you that…
  I’m sorry to have to say this, but…
  I’m sorry to have to tell you that…
  I feel very sorry to tell you that…
  I really feel bad to have to say this, but…
  I’m afraid…
  I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news for you…
  I don’t know how shall I tell you
  I don’t know how shall I start
  I don’t know how to announce it but…
  I really don’t know how to say it, but…
  I regret to inform you that…
  It’s really bad for you
  It’s very difficult to tell you
  There’s no easy way to say this, but…
  Unfortunately, …


RESPONDING TO BAD NEWS

  I’m so/extremely/really sorry to hear that..
  That’s awful!
  That’s unbelievable!
  That’s unexpected!
  It’s too bad
  It’s shocking
  I can’t believe it
  Unbelievable!
  Unexpected!
  Unimaginable!
  I know how you must be feeling now
  My goodness!
  Oh God!
  Please, accept my deepest sympathy
  I do sympathize with you

 

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GREETINGS INTRODUCING YOURSELF
INTRODUCING OTHERS APOLOGIZING
ENCOURAGING OTHERS EXPRESSING GRATITUDE
INVITING GIVING OPINION
COMPLIMENTING PERMITTING
AGREEING/DISAGREEING EXPRESSING PLEASURE
DESCRIBING SOMEBODY
TAKING LEAVE
EXPRESSING SURPRISE
COMPLAINING
SUGGESTIONS
POSSIBILITY/IMPOSSIBILITY
RECOMMENDING
OFFERING FOOD/DRINK
PREDICTING
WARNING
BUYING THINGS
CHEERING
LIKE/DISLIKE
EXPRESSING ANGER
EXPRESSING GOOD LUCK
SATISFACTION/DISSATISFACTION
LEAVE CONVERSATION MAKING APPOINTMENTS
THREATENING
SYMPATHY/CONDOLENCES
EXPRESSING WORRY/FEAR
REMINDING SOMEONE
TELEPHONIC CONVERSATION
TALKING ABOUT TIME
ASKING FOR HELP
GIVING GOOD NEWS
GIVING BAD NEWS
ASKING FOR INFORMATION
CERTAINTY/UNCERTAINTY
 

 

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