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QBU

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France, French
I am trying to write a condoleance note to an acquaintance who lost his son.
The following came to mind:
It (his death) is near impossible to behold in one's mind. I am trying to say that my mind cannot accept the news yet.
Is it correct? (English is my second language)
 
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  • Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    "Behold" is a very old-fashioned word, and even used correctly -- which I don't think it is in your sentence -- it would often sound strange.

    "My mind cannot accept the news" is a much better way of putting it.
     
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