sad to say

This page is about the conversational phrase sad to say

Meaning

You can say this when describing something that's unfortunate or disappointing.

For example

  • "How's Ivan's sister doing?"
    "She's back in hospital, sad to say."

  • "Will our children be better off than us?"
    "Probably not, sad to say. They'll be poorer and their lives will be harder."

Note:
Synonym of "unfortunately"

Quick Quiz

Dave said, "Jim's in jail, sad to say." Dave is probably

a. Jim's victim

b. Jim's friend

c. Jim's enemy

Contributor: Matt Errey