had assumed

Just like some movie scenario, one had thought another dead. When they met, one said,

I had thought your were dead.


I had assumed you were dead.

Which is correct?


I think both are fine given different contexts.

If this is casual conversation, I would use: 'I thought you were dead.' Because if someone just found out that someone is alive that they thought was dead, I don't know they would care about using 'had'.

Note: in American English, a school of thought is to not use assume. The reason is, by making the assumption the person failed to verify an outcome.

'I had assumed you were dead' could mean, I thought you were dead because I was too lazy to verify if it was false.


'I had thought you were dead' could mean, I thought you were dead because I verified all available evidence and that was the best conclusion.

We have a silly saying for assumptions: Assuming makes an 'ass' out of 'u' and 'me'. Get it? Ass-u-me?

However, if the person really did not verify the outcome, they had assumed and that would be correct.

Anyway, hope that helps.

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