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This is a sentence written by a student of mine which supposedly means 'I misunderstood the time we were supposed to meet'.

I thought the appointment was not this time.

Does it make sense to you native speakers?
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Hi Taka,

This is a sentence written by a student of mine which supposedly means 'I misunderstood the time we were supposed to meet'.

I thought the appointment was not this time.

Does it make sense to you native speakers?

No. To make sense, you'd at least have to say I thought the appointment was not at this time. But it still doesn't sound very natural. You'd more naturally say it another way, eg in positive form, 'I thought the appointment was tomorrow at 1pm.'

Also, an 'appointment' suggests a meeting in an office. If we are just meeting for lunch, I'd say it in some other way, eg 'I thought we said tomorrow at 1pm'.

Best wishes, Clive

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The negative needs to go in the main clause to sound idiomatic. Also, as Clive says, it's at this time.

I didn't think the appointment was at this time.

CJ
OK.

Thank you, Clive and CJ!

Hi can I have a doctors appointment at 8:30 I don't know if you exchange a little bit early for her thank you can you send it to show me my phone please

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Hi can I have a doctors appointment at 8:30 I don't know if you exchange a little bit early for her thank you can you send it to show me my phone please

Can I have an appointment at 8.30am on Thursday, please? (If you are talking to the receptionist at the doctor's office, you don;t need to say a doctor's appointment. Just say an appointment.


I don't understand this part >>>> I don't know if you exchange a little bit early for her thank you

Aren't you talking with the receptionist on the phone right now >>> can you send it to show me my phone please

Clive