Feb 282013

In the last episode, we looked at natural ways to react to someone’s good news. But imagine that a friend tells you some very sad or tragic news. How can you respond? What words and phrases can you use to show support for your friend?

Expressing shock
Oh my God!
That’s … awful!
Imagining how your friend feels
You must be feeling …
That must have been …
absolutely… terrible!
Broaching the subject
I heard about …
I’m so sorry to hear about …
Martin told me about …
your news
your terrible news
what happened
Lending an ear
Any time you want to talk …
Any time you need to talk …
just come round
just call me
just say the word *
you know where I am **



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