“Oh, that's too bad.”

English Lesson: Oh, that's too bad.

Your friend Kazu was supposed to come visit you from out of town, but he cancelled his trip. You told your friend Jamie, who knows Kazu. He says this to express his disappointment.

Oh, that's too bad.

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Oh

"Oh" is something people say when they hear new information that they didn't know before.

That's too bad.

"That's too bad" is a common phrase that you say when you hear about something that's a little disappointing. Use this in situations like:

  • a friend says that they can't make it to an event
  • someone doesn't win a competition
  • something that a person wanted to buy is sold out

The disappointing event should be something that's not too serious. For more serious negative events, use a sentence like:

I'm so sorry to hear that.

That's horrible!

That sucks!*

(*This is a slang expression used mostly by young people talking to other young people)

Oh

This is a sound that people make when they've learned something that surprises them, or something that they didn't know before.

Oh, you're not coming? I thought you were.

A: Excuse me, miss. We're closing in five minutes.

B: Oh, OK.

Oh, I guess we're both going the same way, huh?