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 English Vocabulary for learners 


Ways to express disappointment or frustration.

Learners of English sometimes don't know how to express their disappointment or frustration.
Here are some phrases and expressions that will help.


    • Oh, that’s too bad / That’s a shame/ What a pity/ How disappointing!
    • What a let-down! / What a disaster!
    • To be honest I was a bit disappointed.
    • That was such a disappointment!
    • I had high hopes for ...
    • I really hoped I'd be selected.
    • I was convinced I would make the team / get the job.
    • What an experience! I wish someone had warned me in advance!
    • I wish/if only I had been better prepared (for the exam/interview/competition...).
    • I wish I had worked harder.
    • I wish I had had more time to prepare.
    • If only I had listened to ...
    • I’ve never been so disappointed in my whole life!
    • That really didn’t live up to expectations, did it?
    • It wasn’t as good as I thought it would be.
    • It wasn't all it was cracked up to be!
    • It wasn’t at all what we had been led to expect.
    • I was so looking forward to it. What a let-down!
    • It promised more than it delivered.
    • It was an absolute waste of money.
    • I left before the end of the show. It was total rubbish!
    • The whole thing bored me to tears!
    • Well, frankly, the event turned out to be a damp squib!
      (damp squib = small firework that does not go off properly)

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