When expressing how we misunderstand the others's expressions we often say "I thought ...". But, out of curiosity, I want to know are there any other expressions equivalent to the meaning of "I thought" and colloquial?

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    "seems to me..."
    – Fattie
    Aug 22, 2014 at 10:24
  • "I took you to mean ..." Aug 25, 2014 at 19:43

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You can always go for - "I was under the impression".

Per dictionary.reference.com:

Thinking, assuming, or believing something, as in I was under the impression that they were coming today. This idiom often suggests that the idea or belief one had is mistaken. [ Mid-1800s ]

  • Yes, thanks. I did not express what I intend clearly. I have made necessary revisions for my question. As a native speaker, I do not know whether or not an expression is colloquial or formal.
    – Yes
    Aug 22, 2014 at 5:58

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