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    dear teacher,I want to learn that if there is an expression about recovery,for example how can i say my good wishes about someone's illness or how can i say my idea after a person died to his/her relatives or friends?

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    Re: health

    Always the most difficult thing to say, to a native speaker or anyone else: expressions of sympathy. Don't look for idioms or clever sayings at times like these. You speak sincerely from your heart and even if the words are not in the right order, the gesture will be understood and appreciated.

    For surviving family members, you might start with a simple, "I am so sorry for your loss." If you know the person who died, you might give a very short endorsement of his life, such as "I thought so much of John. He was such a good nieghbour to us all," or whatever the circumstances of your acquaintance.

    Unless the deceased was more than just a close friend, you may not need to express sympathy to the friend for the loss. If they were so close that you might confuse them for a married couple, or brothers or children of the deceased, then of course, treat them that way with sympathy. But if you are speaking to a friend of the person who died, you may speak insted of what a good person / neighbour / colleague he was, how happy he always seemed and made everyone else, any sort of positive thing you remember or know about the deceased.

    Frankly, there is little need to say much more than that if you are, for example, at the funeral home or cemetery. If there is a "wake" or party to celebrate the deceased's life, and the mood lightens considerably, then you may wish to add a short comment or two about some particularly good time you shared.


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    Re: health

    Quote Originally Posted by oezdil View Post
    dear teacher,I want to learn that if there is an expression about recovery,for example how can i say my good wishes about someone's illness or how can i say my idea after a person died to his/her relatives or friends?
    I am so glad that you are now well.
    It is such good news that you have recovered.
    Your recovery is wonderful.


    Formal:
    Please accept my condolences.
    Please accept my sincere condolences.
    Please accept my deepest condolences.

    Informal or less formal:
    I am sorry for your loss.
    I was sorry to hear of xxxx's passing.


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    Thank you for your help.I understood what you meant.These sentences will stick in my mind.

    oezdil

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