When I need to deliver someone an unfortunate news, what would be the opposite phrase to:

I'm happy to inform you...


I'm delighted to give you this news...

  • "It is sadly that I inform you that..." – Nanda Dec 5 '13 at 9:19
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    "It is with sadness that . . ." is (50x, according to raw Google data) more common. These work in less intimate correspondence. 'I'm so sorry – have you heard that . . .' would be more tactful. – Edwin Ashworth Dec 5 '13 at 9:26
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    "With a heavy heart" – Em1 Dec 5 '13 at 9:43
  • @Em1 Sounds great, although not formal enough in my context :-) – Dziad Borowy Dec 5 '13 at 9:46
  • Sorry. (That's the answer, I mean.) – Kris Dec 5 '13 at 11:39

I am (very) sorry to inform you...


I found the option that best suits my purpose:

I regret to inform you...

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    I would vote this answer up except for its claim of best. – bib Dec 5 '13 at 11:40
  • @bib I didn't mean it's the best out there, I meant that it best suits my purpose :-) – Dziad Borowy Dec 5 '13 at 12:50

I am reluctant to inform you that...

Or, what you've hinted at in your original post:

"Unfortunately, you didn't win."

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