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    I hadn't expected the question and it caught me on the wrong food.

    'I hadn't expected the question and it caught me on the wrong food.'

    I hadn't expected...
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    If I would say 'I didn't expect the question and it caught me on the wrong food.' ​would it be correct?

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    Re: I hadn't expected the question and it caught me on the wrong food.

    "I hadn't expected" is the past perfect and it's OK in that sentence. However, please note that each time you wrote "food", it should have been "foot".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I hadn't expected the question and it caught me on the wrong food.

    Thanks. I know it should have been "foot" I've just made a mistake.

    If I would say 'I didn't expect the question and it caught me on the wrong foot.'' Would it be also natural and correct?

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    Re: I hadn't expected the question and it caught me on the wrong food.

    Yes. "I didn't" works too.

    I would probably say either "... it wrong-footed me" or "... it caught me on the back foot".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I hadn't expected the question and it caught me on the wrong food.

    So are "This question wrong-footed me." or"This question caught me on the back foot." correct?

    Do I understand right that "to catch sb on the wrong foot" means "to surprise sb" ?

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    Re: I hadn't expected the question and it caught me on the wrong food.

    Quote Originally Posted by kompstar View Post
    So are "This question wrong-footed me." or"This question caught me on the back foot." correct?

    Do I understand right that "to catch sb on the wrong foot" means "to surprise sb" ?
    Yes. We don't use those expressions in AmE though. We'd say This question caught me off guard.
    I am not a teacher.

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