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    How to express my empathy correct and polite?

    How to express my empathy right? Is it enough and correct if I'll write the follow sms: "I fell sorry about your son and I hope he will completely recover soon."
    And I don't know how serious his illness is.

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    Re: How to express my empathy correct and polite?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.
    How to express my empathy right?
    Write to whom? One person or parents? To the people you know well or not?
    Formal: Очень жаль что ваш сын заболел, я надеюсь он скоро поправится.
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    The sms intends for children's mother who I know well enough.

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    You can use what i've wrote above, just write твой instead of ваш but anyway it is a bit formal.
    The more informal version - Мне жаль что у тебя заболел сын, пусть скорее поправляется!
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    Я хотел узнать, как это будет звучать по анг. а не по рус., ? т.е. то что я написал будет ли это правильно?

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    "I'm sorry to hear about your son's illness, I hope he feels better soon," or slightly more informally, "Sorry to hear your son's not feeling well -- tell him to get well soon/I hope he gets well soon."

    Usually we don't say "I feel sorry," but rather "I am sorry." The only time I can think you'd use the it really is if you said something like this:
    -"Wow, Bob is an ugly guy."
    -"Yeah, I feel sorry for him -- he probably doesn't get many dates."
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    thanks a lot!

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    "I feel sorry for your son" would mean you are apologising for it, i.e. you are to blame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TATY
    "I feel sorry for your son" would mean you are apologising for it, i.e. you are to blame.
    It doesn't sound like that to me. "I feel sorry ABOUT your son," maybe.

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