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    take/mistake

    I would like to know the difference between "1" and "2".
    1. I took you for an old friend.
    2. I mistook you for an old friend.

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    Exclamation Re: take/mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I would like to know the difference between "1" and "2".
    1. I took you for ( =believed that you were)an old friend.
    I have taken his statement for granted. (= believed his stament to be absolutely true)
    2. I mistook you for (= confused you with) an old friend.
    I often mistake my girl friend for her mother on the phone.(=confused her with her mother)
    Please note that mistook for is phrasal verb having construction = mistake sb/sth for sb/sth.
    Last edited by sarat_106; 28-Aug-2009 at 08:18.

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