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    Arrow disappointed in/by

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/01/ny...01discrim.html
    In a statement, an appeals lawyer for the city, Julie Steiner O’Donnell, said, “We are very disappointed in the court’s decision and in its interpretation of the N.Y.C. Human Rights Law.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/01/ny...evastated.html
    Five days after two New York police officers were acquitted of rape charges, their accuser broke her silence, releasing a statement in which she said she was “devastated and disappointed by the jury’s decision.”
    Are there subtle differences between "disappointed in" and "disappointed by" only known to native speakers?

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    Re: disappointed in/by

    There is no real difference between 'by', 'at' and 'in'

    Personally, I use 'disappointed in' when something or someone has not come up to my expectations over a period of time, and disappointed 'at/by' for a more immediate let-down.

    I am disappointed in my flowers thiis year. I had hoped for a much better display.

    I was disapponted by/at the final score. I think we could have won by a much wider margin.


    However, others may not agree with me, including, it appears, the writer of your first sentence - I would have used 'at or 'by'.
    Last edited by 5jj; 27-Jul-2011 at 12:28.

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