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." Jul 25, 2013 at 5:10
  • I would respond as "I hope your family emergency gets resolved quickly"
    – Tarun
    Aug 16, 2016 at 2:32

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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. Jul 25, 2013 at 18:17

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