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sorry to hear that

This page is about the conversational phrase sorry to hear that

Meaning

You can say this if someone tells you something bad has happened.

For example

  • "I just lost my job."
    "I'm really sorry to hear that, Jules."

  • "I didn't get into law school after all."
    "Sorry to hear that, Marty. That's too bad."

Quick Quiz

I said "Sorry to hear that" after my friend got some

a. upsetting news

b. exciting news

c. unimportant news

Contributor: Matt Errey