I mistook his name.


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Is the sentence, "I mistook his name." correct?
This sentence means, "I called him by wrong name.
For example, I said, " Hi, John." But his name is not John. He is Bill.
  • bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    I don't believe that this would make sense to many people. I'd just say that I misremembered his name or called him by the wrong name, depending on the context. I might just say that "I got his name wrong" or "misheard it," again depending on the reason behind why I used the wrong name.


    Senior Member
    British English
    'Mistook' is a bit of an old-fashioned word, although "I mistook him for someone else" can be heard quite often still.

    I think that you are using it correctly.
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