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    Condolences

    My friend's mum has just passed away。 can I say my codolemce to my friend.

    Many thanks

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    Re: Condolences

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    My friend's mum has just passed away. Can I say "my condolences" to my friend?

    Many thanks.
    That sounds formal. Try "I'm so sorry to hear of your loss" and/or "My deepest sympathies."

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    Re: Condolences

    I have certainly commented "My condolences" after hearing of the death of a friend's relative/friend.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Condolences

    You can speak the words "my condolences", as emsr has pointed out, but you can't say condolences.

    You can give condolences as in emsr's example. Another slightly more formal and longer version is "You have my condolences."
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    Re: Condolences

    Admittedly, I wouldn't say "My condolences" if I were talking to the bereaved person face-to-face. If someone said to me "My mum died yesterday", I would say "I'm so sorry."
    I would use "My condolences" in an email, a text or in a Facebook post.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Condolences

    I would write Please accept my condolences. If speaking, I would use Teechar's suggestions.

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