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Ways of expressing sympathy - synonyms or related words

bad/hard/tough luck

used for saying you are sorry that something bad has happened to someone

(oh,) what a shame

used for expressing sympathy or disappointment

too bad

used for saying that you are sorry or sympathetic about something

someone’s heart goes out to someone

used for saying that someone feels sorry for someone else

I know the feeling

used for showing sympathy

bless him/her/them

used for talking about someone in a loving or sympathetic way

I don’t envy you/him etc

used for saying that you would not like to do what someone else has to do

someone’s heart/sympathy/thoughts go out to someone

used for saying that someone is sympathetic to someone who is in a difficult situation

you can’t win them all/(you) win some, (you) lose some

used for showing sympathy to someone who has not been successful or for showing that you accept that you have not been successful




used for expressing satisfaction, sympathy etc about something that you have just done or that has just happened


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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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