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  • Good morning, my name's George, and today we're going to learn how to react to bad news.

  • [The employee.]

  • [The boss.]

  • Are you okay?

  • My ... hamster ... died last night.

  • Oh, that sucks!

  • You're fired.

  • When reacting to extremely bad news, for example, divorce, sickness, or death, it can sound quite rude or unsympathetic to say 'that sucks', or 'that's a bummer'.

  • Particularly in a formal situation.

  • It's much better to say, 'Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that.'

  • Or, 'Ah, that's awful.'

  • Or, 'Ah, that's terrible, I'm so sorry to hear that.'

  • 'Ah, I'm so sorry to hear that.'

  • Myhamsterdied last night.

  • Oh, that's terrible.

  • I'm so sorry to hear that.

  • Thank you.

  • You're invited to the funeral.

  • 'That sucks' or 'that's a bummer', are only used when reacting to annoying or inconvenient news.

  • For example, if Justin Bieber cancelled his concert, you might say, 'Oh, that sucks.'

  • Or if your friend's train is delayed, you might say, "Oh, that's a bummer."

  • We only use these expressions in informal situations.

  • And if you use them in a formal situation, for example, to a boss, it can sound quite rude.

  • So, it's better to say, 'Ah, that's a shame.'

  • 'Ah, that's a shame.'

  • Agh, I spilt lemonade on my moustache.

  • Ah, that's a shame.

  • That's all we have time for today.

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Good morning, my name's George, and today we're going to learn how to react to bad news.

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