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[Italian Lesson] It was all a big misunderstanding.

[Italian Lesson] It was all a big misunderstanding.

È stato un semplice equivoco.

How do you express that a misunderstanding was at fault for some action you took or something you said? One of the ways that I recently learned to say this was the word “equivoco” which literally means misunderstanding. 

Here are a few examples of how you could use it:

  • Puoi chiarire questo equivoco per noi? Cos’è successo? - Can you clarify this misunderstanding for us? What happened? 

  • È stato un semplice equivoco. Sarebbe potuto succedere a qualunque. - It was a simple misunderstanding. It could have happened to anyone.

  • Tutto questo è un tremendo equivoco. Lasciami spiegare. - All of this is a big misunderstanding. Let me explain. 

Of course, there are other ways to express this too, primarily with the verbs “capire” and “fraintendere.” 

Gli esempi: 

  • Leggi il messaggio di nuovo. Mi sa che hai capito male. - Read the message again. I think you misunderstood it.

  • Hai frainteso tutto. - You’ve misunderstood everything. 

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