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I'm afraid so

FORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase I'm afraid so

Meaning

You can say this instead of "yes" if your answer could upset or disappointed someone.

For example

  • "Did I fail my exam?"
    "I'm afraid so. Sorry."

  • "Did Frank forget his mum's birthday again?"
    "I'm afraid so. He didn't even call her."

Quick Quiz

"Is it bad news?" said Tim. "I'm afraid so," said Ann. The news

a. wasn't good

b. wasn't too bad

c. was frightening

Contributor: Matt Errey