(I'm) sorry to hear that

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(I'm) sorry to hear that

1. I extend my condolences (upon hearing your unfortunate news). I was so sorry to hear that your mother passed away, Jan. Please let me know if there's anything I can do for you. A: "I actually lost my job last week." B: "Oh my gosh. I'm sorry to hear that!"
2. What you just told me is regrettable or unfortunate. A: "I simply cannot continue to work in this environment any longer." B: "I'm sorry to hear that, Tom. I wish you would have brought your concerns to me before making your decision." We're sorry to hear that you are withdrawing from the master's program. Would you care to let us know why?
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(I'm) sorry to hear that,

an expression of consolation or regret. John: My cat died last week. Jane: I am sorry to hear that. Bill: I'm afraid I won't be able to continue here as head teller. Bank manager: Sorry to hear that.
See also: hear, sorry, that
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Another fan, expressing his intense concern for Kevin, wrote, "I'm sorry to hear that. I'm praying for him.
A I'm sorry to hear that your granddaughter has this condition.
It says: "Congratulations on the birth of your daughter, I'm sorry to hear that you missed the no under18's policy within our terms and conditions and that you travelled to The Care Show to no avail.
He said: "I'm sorry to hear that Billy Jewitt has had to take the decision to step down.
"We shouldn't allow the England flag to be used for political ends and I'm sorry to hear that is happening on our Nab."
Respond to your manager's complaints with noncommittal sympathy and a pragmatic offer: "I'm sorry to hear that. Shall I reach out and see if I can get a more prompt response?" I'm sure your manager wants comfort, not a fix, but complaints about obstructive employees are properly directed to HR or -- since HR is no help -- the owner.
"They'd go, 'I'm sorry to hear that.' But I'd say, 'Don't be sorry because look at my life now.' I'm living the dream here.
I'm sorry to hear that Tyndale has had some bad experiences with drugs surrounding his family (he mentions two family members having an involvement with heroin).
Who in their right mind would have a seat like this for the NBA finals and not use it?" The neighbor responds, "Well the seat is mine, but my wife passed away and this is the first NBA finals we haven't been together." The first man responds," I'm sorry to hear that. Wasn't there anyone else, a friend or relative, that could've taken that seat?" The neighbor responds, "No, they're all at the funeral."
I'm sorry to hear that your dad's fiancee isn't what you wanted.
I'M sorry to hear that Sally Whittaker of Coronation Street has breast cancer.
I'm sorry to hear that. My grandmother died from it.
I'm sorry to hear that you won't be buying milk any longer, but if we didn't have our own, we wouldn't buy it either.
I'm sorry to hear that Dave Hall "laments American ignorance" in his June 19 First Person column ["Gay, Arab, American"].