Unit II I’m Sorry to Hear That

1. Language Function

a. Expressions of happiness

  • I am delighted.
  • It’s really a great pleasure.

b. Expressions of giving attention (affection)

  • Are you OK?
  • What’s wrong with you?

c. Expressions of showing sympathy

  • I’m sorry to hear that.
  • You have my sincere condolences.

2. Genre


Social Function : to amuse, entertain and to deal with actual or vicarious experience in different ways. Generic Structure

– Orientation : sets the scene and introduces the participants.

  • Complication : a crisis arises.
  • Resolution : the crisis is resolved, for better or for worse.
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