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    Unhappy other ways to say this

    What would a native English say to someone who has recently lost a close relative (a son, father or mother for instance)
    Aside from "am sorry"
    is there any other typical expression(s)

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    Re: other ways to say this

    Quote Originally Posted by aous02 View Post
    What would a native English say to someone who has recently lost a close relative (a son, father or mother for instance)
    Aside from "am sorry"
    is there any other typical expression(s)
    "I'm sorry to hear about your loss".

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    Re: other ways to say this

    Please accept my/our condolences on your [relative's] death.

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    Re: other ways to say this

    How much money did he leave you?


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    Re: other ways to say this

    How much money did he leave you?
    Oooh, that's cold!

    Another common variation: I'm very sorry for your loss.

    Greg

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    Re: other ways to say this

    Quote Originally Posted by aous02 View Post
    What would a native English say to someone who has recently lost a close relative (a son, father or mother for instance)
    Aside from "am sorry"
    is there any other typical expression(s)
    If the dead person suffered 'It was a blessed relief'; again (another thread) use the two-syllable pronunciation of "blessed".

    Here's a mnemonic:
    birth [one syllable] => they were /blest/ with a baby girl
    passing [two syllables] => it was a /blesid/ relief.
    (Hmm. Not such a good mnemonic; supposing you think of 'death'?)

    Also (a cricketing metaphor) 'He had a good innings'.

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