General Writing and Grammar Help/Sorry for & sorry about

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Dear Ted:

Would you please give me some examples of "sorry for someone" when it means that you are sad at their loss?

Also, which of the following sentences is correct?

1) I am sorry FOR your father's death.

2) I am sorry ABOUT your father's death.

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Would you please give me some examples of "sorry for someone" when it means that you are sad at their loss?

EXAMPLES:

I feel sorry for Jim, because he broke his leg and can no longer play basketball.

Most of the world feels sorry for the refugees from the Middle East.

Barbara did not qualify for the final round of the competition.  I feel sorry for her.

Also, which of the following sentences is correct?

1) I am sorry FOR your father's death.

2) I am sorry ABOUT your father's death.

*** Either one can be used.  I prefer #1, because, to my ear, it sounds more personal.

Ted

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