Imagine someone needed a water but I brought him tea by mistake.

He say: I didn't want to drink tea.
I say : sorry I thought you wanted to drink tea.
Sorry I had thought you wanted to drink tea.

Also I'm completely confused about how to use verbs after 'thought'
I thought you wanted
I thought you want

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    Minor corrections: "Imagine someone needed some water, but I brought him tea by mistake. He said, "I didn't want tea". I said, "Sorry I thought you wanted tea". This is perfectly fine. You don't need to use "I had thought" here. It's perfectly fine to use the simple past tense here.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jul 15, 2023 at 16:02
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    As ever, if you don't need the perfect form (which you certainly don't here) you should avoid it. But note that we nearly always "backshift" after "I thought..." even if the thing you thought was and is still true. So if you're surprised when you see your friend light a cigarette, you say I thought you didn't smoke rather than I thought you don't smoke. Jul 15, 2023 at 16:03
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    Does this answer your question? Thought & Had thought Jul 15, 2023 at 16:20
  • I thought you had wanted tea but now I realise I was wrong . Do I need to use perfect in this case?
    – Yves Lefol
    Jul 15, 2023 at 21:13
  • @YvesLefol - No, you don't. Jul 16, 2023 at 13:08


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