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    Default sadder/worse note

    When you want to change the subject to a sad one, say in a letter, which would you prefer:
    On a sadder note or on a worse note?

    Any other alternatives?

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    Default Re: sadder/worse note

    It wouldn't necessarily be a sadder note unless you had already been writing about a sad subject and this was even more sad. "Worse" means bad, not sad.

    So: "The phone rang this morning, and it was my brother calling with sad news. His faithful hound dog Blue had been hit by a car and died. On an even sadder note, our aunt Wilma has just been diagnosed with cancer."

    Or: "The phone rang this morning, and it was bad news: the contractor can't get started on the garage for at least another two weeks. On an even worse note, they're saying they don't expect the drought to end anytime soon."

    Other alternatives: "on an unfortunate note," "on a less pleasant note." Or just, "I'm afraid I also have some sad/ bad news for you..."

    [native speaker and writer, not a teacher]

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    Default Re: sadder/worse note

    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    It wouldn't necessarily be a sadder note unless you had already been writing about a sad subject and this was even more sad. "Worse" means bad, not sad.

    So: "The phone rang this morning, and it was my brother calling with sad news. His faithful hound dog Blue had been hit by a car and died. On an even sadder note, our aunt Wilma has just been diagnosed with cancer."

    Or: "The phone rang this morning, and it was bad news: the contractor can't get started on the garage for at least another two weeks. On an even worse note, they're saying they don't expect the drought to end anytime soon."

    Other alternatives: "on an unfortunate note," "on a less pleasant note." Or just, "I'm afraid I also have some sad/ bad news for you..."
    Thank you for your examples.

    And can we just say "on a sad note" when you're about to say something sad?


    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
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    That's OK with me. A native speaker (nonteacher) will also do fine.
    Last edited by retro; 23-Jun-2007 at 23:14.

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    Default Re: sadder/worse note

    "And can we just say "on a sad note" when you're about to say something sad?"

    Sure. News anchors do it all the time.

    "On a sad note this evening...a man was arrested today for torturing his girlfriend's kitten."

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