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I am disappointed ON you

Discussion in 'English Only' started by LadyBlakeney, Sep 1, 2004.

  1. LadyBlakeney

    LadyBlakeney Senior Member

    Madrid
    Spain
    Is it correct to say "I am dissapointed ON you for your behaviour"?

    If it is not, please tell me the correct form.

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. Nicole New Member

    Germany
    UK
    I am disappointed IN you.
    I am disappointed BY your behaviour.

    It's definitely IN not ON... but I think only for people, otherwise using BY.
    Can anyone confirm this?
     
  3. JeanM New Member

    London
    UK English
    Hello

    No, you can say 'I am disappointed in your behaviour' too.

    There is a very subtle difference of meaning and of grammatical construction between 'disappointed in' and 'disappointed by' (which I am not capable of explaining!), but in most contexts either of these formulations will be fine.

    Jean
     
  4. toniga Senior Member

    Mexico, Spanish
    I'm disappointed AT you? Means with the person not with what the person did. (behavior)
    Am I right?
     
  5. Pearl Senior Member

    Barcelona (Catalonia)
    Spain - Catalan, Spanish, English, Icelandic
    Yes, I would say I'm disappointed AT you.

    Please confirm if that is correct :confused:
     
  6. jacinta Senior Member

    California
    USA English
    No, the correct form is: I'm disappointed in you.

    Saludos.
     
  7. VenusEnvy

    VenusEnvy Senior Member

    Maryland, USA
    English, United States
    "I am dissapointed at you." No, incorrect.
    "I am dissapointed by you." Sounds awkward to me.
    "I am dissapointed in you."
    "I am dissapointed with you."
     
  8. toniga Senior Member

    Mexico, Spanish
    Thank you! Now my homework is to reprogram myself until it sticks.
    Easy to say!
     
  9. VenusEnvy

    VenusEnvy Senior Member

    Maryland, USA
    English, United States
    Toniga: Yah, I know. Sometimes with languages, there is no pattern, rhyme or reason. It's simply memorizing. I've come across these confusions learning spanish, also. :eek: :)
     
  10. Pearl Senior Member

    Barcelona (Catalonia)
    Spain - Catalan, Spanish, English, Icelandic
    Thanks Jacinta and Venus
     
  11. Sharon

    Sharon Senior Member

    United States, English
    I agree with VenusEnvy, "I am disappointed by you" sounds awkward, but I think it is correct to say, "I was disappointed in your behavior / by your behavior/ (or) with your behavior."
     
  12. vesna Senior Member

    Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Slovenia/ Slovene-Spanish-English-French
    I did my homework, Lady Blakeney, checked it out...
    Here are some examples of the correct use:

    He's really disappointed ABOUT not being able to go.
    I'm disappointed IN you. How could you have lied like that?
    I have to say we're disappointed WITH your work.
    Are you disappointed AT not being chosen?
    We were disappointed TO FIND the museum closed. also: TO HEAR/ TO SEE...

    Hope it helps a bit.
    Take care.
     
  13. LadyBlakeney

    LadyBlakeney Senior Member

    Madrid
    Spain
    Thank you very much to all of you! You really made an effort to help me and indeed you did! (Just like Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady, he, he, he!).:)
     
  14. jacinta Senior Member

    California
    USA English

    All are correct except:

    "Are you disappointed AT not being chosen?"
    This would sound better as "Are you disappointed about not being chosen?" It is the same usage as the first sentence.
     
  15. LadyBlakeney

    LadyBlakeney Senior Member

    Madrid
    Spain
    Thanks again, Jacinta.
     
  16. vesna Senior Member

    Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Slovenia/ Slovene-Spanish-English-French
    Jacinta, I found the example 'Are you disappointed AT not being chosen?' in the Longman EFL dictionary. I don't think it's wrong, maybe you're just more used to ABOUT.
     

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