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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!