"I thought you were a girl." / "I thought you are a girl."

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xiaoen

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Hi,
Let's suppose that I chat to a girl on the Internet. Later I realize that she is not really a girl but a boy and he was chatting to me with a fake female name. Now I want to tell him this sentence:

"I thought you were a girl."
"I thought you are a girl."


Are both acceptable? What's the difference?
 

Matthew Wai

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'You are a girl' is not what the speaker thinks in the present, so the present tense 'are' is not suitable.
 

Raymott

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That's irrelevant Matthew. She reporting what she thought (past tense).
 

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If you're talking in real time, you might say "I thought you were a girl. Now I think you are a boy" or "Now I know you are a boy". I imagine the next word would be "Goodbye"!
 
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