31. Sympathy and consolation

To express sympathy we can use:

I (do) feel for you.

I‘m (was) sorry to hear that…

I’m (so) sorry about… - more colloquial

How terrible for you!

That’s too bad!

What a shame/ pity!

What/ that’s bad luck!

How annoying/ terrible/ awful.

What a nuisance!

Poor thing!

It’s very sad/ unfortunate about…

Sympathy in the case of a death may also be expressed in formal style by:

I/ we all sympathize with your loss.

I/ we (do) sympathize with you.

Here are some of the things you can say for consolation:

Don’t let it upset/ distress you – formal

Don’t let it worry you. – informal

Everything will turn out/ be all right in the end.

You’ll soon get over it. It’s not the end of the world.

Things will come right in the end.

These things do happen.

Take it easy.

It could/ might be much/ a lot worse.

Better luck next time.

Cheer up.

Never mind.

Don’t worry (about it).

Don’t let it worry you.

Don’t let it get you down.

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