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    Dear friends

    I am kind of confused about the usage of 'confused':

    -You have me confused. (I could not understand what you have said, you have confused me)
    -You confused me.
    (same as above?)
    - You confused me with someone else. (You caught the wrong person)


    Thank you.
    Last edited by Offroad; 05-Sep-2009 at 06:36.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Dear friends

    I am kind of confused about the usage of 'confused':

    You have me confused.
    You confused me.

    Thank you.
    Both are correct and mean, more or less, the same thing. They're just slightly different. So if your looking for a way to "tell them apart", here's how I would distinguish the two expressions.

    You have me confused. < You are the cause of my confusion. You caused my confusing experience. You are causing me to experience ongoing confusion.


    You confused me. < You caused me to be confused. This is not necessarily ongoing. This is the simple past, so we would need context to know whether or not the speaker is still confused.

    The other sentence is simple present, and we know for sure that at the time the speaker says this, he or she is still experiencing confusion.

    You have me confused. - temporary condition at present
    You had me confused. - temporary condition - past action finished

    You confused me. - past action finished
    You confuse me. (all the time - a regular thing) - simple present - ongoing circumstance - may stop and then start again
    Last edited by PROESL; 05-Sep-2009 at 06:47.

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    Default Re: confused

    I edited my post, while doing it I realised 'confuse' is synonymous with 'throw off'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    I edited my post, while doing it I realised 'confuse' is synonymous with 'throw off'.
    They're synonyms, but I don't know if they're always interchangeable.

    Slow down. You're confusing me. Don't talk so fast.

    Slow down. You're throwing me off. Don't talk so fast.

    They can be interchangeable, but in this example sentence, that's not the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Dear friends

    I am kind of confused about the usage of 'confused':

    -You have me confused. (I could not understand what you have said, you have confused me)
    -You confused me. (same as above?)
    - You confused me with someone else. (You caught the wrong person)


    Thank you.
    -You have me confused. (I could not understand what you have said, you have confused me)

    -You confused me. (same as above?)

    - You confused me with someone else. (You caught the wrong person)

    It depends on the context.

    You have me confused with someone else. = You are confusing me with someone else.

    You confused me with someone else. = You had me confused with someone else.

    You confused me. = You had me confused.

    I would take a look at my first post - before you edited yours. I would "pair your confusing sentences" as shown above. However, for precise meaning, I'd look at my first post.

    You have me confused. You have confused me. - It's hard to say one way or the other what these mean precisely without context. They could be the same, or they could be different.

    You have me confused with someone else. = You have confused me with someone else.

    You have me confused, and you're driving me crazy. = You have confused me, and you're driving me crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    You have me confused. You have confused me. - It's hard to say one way or the other what these mean precisely without context. They could be the same, or they could be different.
    Yes, the second one is "broader".

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