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That is very distressing/distressful news, and I am certainly sorry to hear it.

Do both distressing and distressful fit in the above sample and convey a similar idea? Thanks.
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In my opinion, distressing is by far the more usual choice.

CJ
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CalifJimIn my opinion, distressing is by far the more usual choice.

CJ

I agree.
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That is very distressing (~ distress or anxiety causing) /distressful (~ painful, distress causing, distress feeling) news , and I am certainly sorry to hear it.

Both ‘distressing’ and ‘distressful’ fit in the above sample and convey a similar idea.
Thanks, Buddhaheart.
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Thanks, Jim.

Got it!
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