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My friends from Bavaria wrote to me:

Du hast unser Mitgefühl. Schlimm.

If I understand correctly, they expressed their sympathy, but why »schlimm«? I was embarrassed to ask them about it.

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"Schlimm."

is just short for

"Es ist wirklich schlimm, was passiert ist"

("It's really bad/sad what happened")

In this context, the difference between "schlimm" and "schlecht" ("Schlimm" vs. "Schlecht"? - esp. Hauser's answer herein) might also be interesting. "Schlimm" is the correct one to use here.

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