Results 1 to 6 of 6
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Tunisia
      • Current Location:
      • Tunisia

    • Join Date: Apr 2007
    • Posts: 292
    #1

    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)

  1. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,092
    #2

    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".

  2. engee30's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Apr 2006
    • Posts: 2,969
    #3

    Re: other ways to say this

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

  3. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,092
    #4

    Re: other ways to say this

    How much money did he leave you?


    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 394
    #5

    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

  4. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #6

    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'.

    b

Similar Threads

  1. 'find ways of doing what.."
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-Apr-2009, 11:16
  2. [Essay] Look both ways
    By SuperDan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 16-Oct-2008, 11:12
  3. have a ways to go
    By joham in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 17-Apr-2008, 20:56
  4. pushed in from every side, carried a long ways
    By KLPNO in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-Mar-2008, 21:29
  5. have it both ways etc.
    By peppy_man in forum English Idioms and Sayings
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-Apr-2005, 10:40

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •