Someone tells me that he is sorry but he has been absent for a family emergency.

Can I say "I hope your family is fine"? I wondered if that's polite in English-speaking culture.

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    I'd probably say "I hope your family is OK now" or "I hope the emergency has been resolved." – Andreas Blass Jul 25 '13 at 5:10
  • I would respond as "I hope your family emergency gets resolved quickly" – Tarun Aug 16 '16 at 2:32

In English-speaking culture, I often hear people apologize for the misfortune of the other person. It's common to say something like "I'm sorry to hear that. I hope everything is ok."

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    Family emergencies don't always involve misfortune. For example, if your mother had procrastinated at turning in a winning lottery ticket, driving her to the lottery office at the last minute is a family emergency. – James Waldby - jwpat7 Jul 25 '13 at 18:17

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