Good to see you again. The answers to the last episode are:

1.D

2.C

3.B

You must have heard about the sad news last week:

All 157 passengers and crew aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight died when the plane crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa.

Picture from New York Post

Today, let’s talk about different ways you can express sympathy when there is a tragic event or loss of life.

1. Small losses or problems

I hope things go better soon.

This expression is so general that you can apply to any sad things someone is going through. It can cover a whole lot of different things. It just shows you care and want this person to be better.

I hope you feel better.

This one is more specific and has to do with illness. If someone is sick, you can use this expression to convey your sympathy. It’s worth pointing out that you should not use this expression on someone who is really sick or getting chronic diseases.

2. Serious illness, problems or even death

The most common one by far is:

I am sorry for your loss.

It’s very common and professional. You can use it when your co-worker, your boss or someone at work is going through personal tragedy like a death.

You are in my thoughts./ I am thinking of you.

If somebody is going through something, and it doesn’t have to be related to death, but it can be, use it!

Please accept my condolences.

This is exclusively used in a death. You can only say this if someone passed away. It’s the only time that it’s appropriate to say this expression of sympathy.

My heart is with you in this time of loss.

This one is also related to a loss of life.

You can use one expression or a combination of these to express your sympathy.

For example:

I am sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts. Please accept my condolences.

I hope you really never have to use these expressions, but the truth is that life is unexpected and people have to go through something. It is very important to comfort our friends, family, and co-workers in their time of need!

 

Practice

In the comment, please write down one proper expression to comfort families of the victims in the Ethiopian airplane crash.

See you in the next episode!