Forms Used to Express Disappointment
Expressing Disappointment and Frustration with Yourself
1.I wish I （我希望自己）+ Past Simple （一般过去时）= Present Disappointments 表达现在的失望情绪
I wish I had a better job.
I wish I had more time for my family.
I wish I spoke Italian.
2.I wish I（我希望我）+ Past Perfect（过去完成时）= Regrets about the Past（对过去的事感到遗憾）
I wish I had been hired for that job.
I wish I had worked harder in school.
I wish I had saved more money when I was young.
3.If only I （要是我······多好）+ Past Simple（一般过去时）= Present Disappointments（对现在某件事感到失望）
If only I played soccer well.
If only I understood math.
If only I had a faster car.
4.If only I （要是我·····多好）+ Past Perfect （过去完成时）= Regrets about the Past（对过去某件事感到遗憾）
If only I had moved to this city earlier.
If only I had asked her to marry me.
If only I had known about that last year!
These forms can also be used to express disappointment with others:
I wish she had paid better attention in class.
I wish they asked me more questions. I'm sure I could be of more help.
If only they worked with us! We would give them a better deal than Smith and Co.
If only Peter had hired Tom. He was much better qualified for the job.
Expressing Disappointment with Others
1.Why didn't（为什么没有）+ S（主语）+ Verb（动词）?
Why didn't you tell me that?!
Why didn't he inform me of the situation?
Why didn't they finish on time?
2.How am / was I supposed to （我怎样才能）+ Verb（动词）
How am I supposed to complete the project?
How was I supposed to know that?!
How am I supposed to work with this?
Expressions For Disappointment – Formal
What a shame!
That's too bad.
That's so disappointing!
I was so looking forward to ...
I / We had high hopes for ...
What we had been led to expect was ...
Expressions For Disappointment – Informal
What a bummer!
What a let-down!
Example 1 - Between Friends
Friend 1: I'm not happy.
Friend 2: What's wrong?
Friend 1: Oh, I didn't get that job.
Friend 2: What a bummer!
Friend 1: Yeah, I wish I had prepared better for the interview.
Friend 2: Maybe you were just nervous.
Friend 1: If I had only thought about how my experience applied to the position.
Friend 2: That stinks. Well, I'm sure you'll do better next time.
Friend 1: I hope so. I'm sick of this job.
Friend 2: Every job has its ups and downs.
Friend 1: Isn't that the truth!
Friend 2: Let's have a beer.
Friend 1: That's something that never disappoints.
Friend 2: You're right about that.
Example 2 - At the Office
Colleague 1: Excuse me Peter. Could I talk to you for a moment?
Colleague 2: Sure, what can I do for you?
Colleague 1: Why didn't you inform me of the situation with Andrew Ltd.?
Colleague 2: I'm sorry about that. I thought I had the situation under control.
Colleague 1: You know I had high hopes for this account.
Colleague 2: Yes, I know and I apologize that it didn't work out.
Colleague 1: Yes, well, how were you supposed to know they would try to change everything in the contract.
Colleague 2: If only they had given us more time to come up with a different solution.
Colleague 1: OK. Well, please make sure to keep me in the loop on future situations like this.
Colleague 2: Certainly, I'll be more proactive next time this happens.
Colleague 1: Thank you Peter.
Colleague 2: Of course.