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    How would you express your feelings in a formal way if you heard about someone's death? What would you say?I know one good way is: "please accept my condolences."

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    That would be the formal way. "I'm sorry for your loss" is another.

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    I'm very sorry for your loss.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Please accept my sincere/deepest sympathy.

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    I came to another problem. When somebody offers his condolences and says one of the sentences above, what can we say in answer? Just "thank you" is ok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    I came to have another problem. When somebody offers his condolences and says one of the sentences above, what can we say in answer? Is just "Thank you" is OK?
    Yes.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    When writing words of condolences On behalf of someone, you can say it like this "I am very sorry to hear your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family." Be nice and tender, sensitive, sympathetic and caring. At some point, it may relieve the pain the feel and comfort the bereaved.

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    Last edited by bhaisahab; 29-Jan-2013 at 10:54.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathy Miller View Post
    When writing words of condolences On behalf of someone, you can say it like this "I am very sorry to hear your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family." Be nice and tender, sensitive, sympathetic and caring. At some point, it may relieve the pain the feel and comfort the bereaved.

    Cathy,
    I agree in part, but be careful with offering "prayers" to someone. If they are not religious, this has the potential to upset them. I would stick with "My thoughts are with you and your family".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Once I wrote simply to a friend of mine in an email "My condolences to your family" when heard about his father's death.
    Is it all right, please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoangkha View Post
    Once I wrote simply to a friend of mine in an email "My condolences to your family" when heard about his father's death.
    Is it all right, please?
    Yes, it's fine.

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