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Giving and Responding to Good and Bad News


Giving news

There are different ways to give news:

Giving good and bad news

  • I'm really pleased to tell you...
  • I've got a bit of good news to tell you..
  • I've got some good / brilliant / great / wonderful / splendid news for you...
  • You know what! I've got a bit of great news for you...
  • Great news for you...
  • I'm afraid I've got some bad news for you...
  • I'm sorry I've got a bit of bad news to tell you..
  • I really don’t know how to say it, but …
  • I’m sorry to have to say this, but …
  • I really feel bad to have to say this, but …

Responding to news

Responding to good news

  • Wow, that sounds exciting !
  • That’s great !
  • How fantastic !
  • What fantastic / good / brilliant / great / wonderful / splendid news!
  • That's good / brilliant / great / wonderful / splendid news!
  • That sounds like great news!
  • Congratulations!
  • That’s wonderful / fantastic!
  • I’m glad to hear that!
  • Great news!
  • Incredible!
  • Superb!
  • Sounds great!
  • Lucky you!
  • Oh, how wonderful!
  • I can’t believe that!

Responding to bad news

  • I’m awfully sorry that…
  • I’m sorry to hear that..
  • I’m sorry to hear such terrible news.
  • My goodness!
  • I can’t believe it!
  • Poor you!
  • I do sympathize with you.
  • Please, accept my deepest sympathy.
  • I know how you must be feeling.
  • That must be awful
  • Oh, dear !
  • Too bad !
  • That’s awful / a pity / unfortunate.