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    how to express sorrow or grieve

    I would like to "upgrade" the following sentence: "Do not be sad that it is over". Are any of the following sentences correct? Which one would be the best? I am a bit confused about which preposition to use when, amongst others.

    -Donít be grieved by it being over
    -Donít grieve for what it was
    -Donít be brokenhearted about it being over
    -Donít be mournful/sorrowful about it being over,
    -Donít be grieved by the lost moments,
    -Donít grieve over the lost moments

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    #2

    Re: how to express sorrow or grieve

    None of them are sentences. A sentence can end only with a full stop, a question mark or an exclamation mark. Yours all end with nothing or a comma.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: how to express sorrow or grieve

    I would like to "upgrade" the following sentence: "Do not be sad that it is over".
    Here's an idiomatic alternative (not necessarily an upgrade): "Don't let its being over get you down."

    You could also say: "Don't let it get you down that it is over." (The first "it" is a dummy which anticipates "that it is over.")

    The second version would work better if the second "it," which is not a dummy, were changed to a normal noun phrase -- e.g.:

    "Don't let it get you down that your vacation is over."

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    Re: how to express sorrow or grieve

    OK, thank you. Let me formulate it differently. If it were phrases, not sentences, would any of them be a proper alternative for "not being sad that something is over"?

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    Re: how to express sorrow or grieve

    Thank you for your help. I am trying to find something a bit more "poetic", still.

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    Re: how to express sorrow or grieve

    I am trying to find something a bit more "poetic", still.
    Hmm . . .

    Weep not over the transitory and impermanent.

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    #7

    Re: how to express sorrow or grieve

    The exact phrasing will almost certainly depend on what it is that's over.

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    Re: how to express sorrow or grieve

    I would like to express deep grieve over losing a family member and the good times that we have had.

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    Re: how to express sorrow or grieve

    Quote Originally Posted by bridge78 View Post
    I would like to express deep grief over losing a family member and the good times that we have had.
    It would have been helpful if you had opened post #1 with that sentence. `

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    Re: how to express sorrow or grieve

    Don't grieve for a lost future; celebrate a beautiful past.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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