unpleasant to learn

blizzy

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Can I say these?
1. It was unpleasant to learn about his death.
2. It is always unpleasant to learn bad news.
3. It's (always) unpleasant to learn something like this. (something like this inn context of bad news)
 

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Can I say these?
1. It was unpleasant to learn about his death.
2. It is always unpleasant to learn bad news.
3. It's (always) unpleasant to learn something like this.

Yes.

(I deleted the parenthetical passage because it wasn't really helpful.)
 

emsr2d2

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If you're talking about receiving the news that someone has died, I would probably use "... learn of his death" rather than "about". "Learning about" it makes it sound as if you were studying his death.
 

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it makes it sound as if you were studying his death
Thanks a lot for your explanation. Such things to know is more than important for me!
 

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In #2, hear bad news would work better for me than learn.
 
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