#EngTalk: Giving and responding to bad news

Delivering bad news

When you have bad news, there are ways to do it correctly, and ways to make a mess of it.  It is always not easy to deliver bad news. But at least you know the appropriate words when you have to do it.

First, before you deliver the bad news, you can say: “Hey, I’m afraid…

Example:

  • Hey, I’m afraid your dog has died.”

Or you can also say in a longer sentence: “Hey, I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news for you.

Example:

  • Hey, I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news for you. Your dog has died.”

Or you can exchange the words:

  • Hey, I’ve got some bad news for you, I’m afraid your dog has died.”

Alternatively, you can say: “Unfortunately, I’m afraid…

So, the sentence is:

  • Unfortunately, I’m afraid your dog has died.”

Don’t forget, at the end you have to say something positive.

Example:

  • “It’s better for your dog. She was terribly sick, right?”

Responding to bad news

Now, what if someone gives you some bad news? How do you respond?

Example:

“Hey, I’m so sad. My dog has died.”

For expressing shock, you can say:

  • “Oh my God! That’s awful/terrible!”

Or, you can imagine how your friend feels:

  • “You must be feeling absolutely terrible/awful.”

If you have heard the news from someone, you can say:

  • “I’ve heard about it. I’m so sorry to hear that.”

Last, show your support by saying:

  • “Anytime you want to talk, just call me.”

Otherwise, you can also say:

  • “If you ever need to talk to someone, you know where I am.”

You can also offer help:

  • “If there’s anything I can do, just let me know.”

 

And now you know how to give and respond to some bad news. Do you have other ways to do it? Share with us!

 

Compiled by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on Friday, February 1, 2013

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