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Old December 04, 2011, 01:09 PM
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Me he equivocado de...

I know this means something along the lines of "we got it wrong" or "I got it wrong" etc. Nos hemos equivocado de restaurante - we went to the wrong restaurant.. etc. That said I don't really know an exact translation and what words it can be used with.

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Old December 04, 2011, 09:18 PM
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I think you have the exact translation: "we went to the wrong restaurant".
One can't always translate word for word or do it through the very same structures from language to language.
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The 'dictionary' form - equivocarse de algo - may be the better way to attack this. It means 'get the wrong ____' or 'go (to) the wrong ____'.

Choose the correct conjugation for the situation, and you're good to go (the wrong way).

equivocarse de camino = go the wrong way / take the wrong path / make a wrong turn
equivocarse de hora = get the time wrong / get one's time crossed
equivocarse de carrera = choose the wrong career
equivocarse de tren = get on the wrong train
equivocarse de restaurante = go to the wrong restaurant
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How about mistaken...?
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Old December 05, 2011, 01:23 AM
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'Mistaken' is an adjective, so, as such, it may replace 'wrong'. However, in order to make it sound right, the definite article would need to be changed to an indefinite article. Is that what you had in mind?
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'Mistaken' is an adjective, so, as such, it may replace 'wrong'. However, in order to make it sound right, the definite article would need to be changed to an indefinite article. Is that what you had in mind?
I was thinking of mistake as a verb.

Me he equivocado de restaurant.
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Old December 05, 2011, 10:13 AM
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I don't see how 'mistake' could be used in this case. If you mistake an object, that means you confused it with something else or that you have evaluated it incorrectly.

I mistook him for the pizza delivery guy. (identity confusion)
I mistook what the teacher said. (misunderstanding, wrong evaluation)
I was mistaken about the restaurant. (wrong evaluation) (I mistook it = I got it wrong = I evaluated it incorrectly)

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Old December 05, 2011, 10:24 AM
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I know this means something along the lines of "we got it wrong" or "I got it wrong" etc. Nos hemos equivocado de restaurante - we went to the wrong restaurant.. etc. That said I don't really know an exact translation and what words it can be used with.

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The correct translation is different, but well I can give you some choices where you can choice the more can correspond to your needed.


I have been wrong.
I have made an mistakes?

I'm bad with I have made before?
I got it wrong this you have mentioned before.

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Old December 05, 2011, 11:28 AM
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I don't see how 'mistake' could be used in this case. If you mistake an object, that means you confused it with something else or that you have evaluated it incorrectly.

I mistook him for the pizza delivery guy. (identity confusion)
I mistook what the teacher said. (misunderstanding, wrong evaluation)
I was mistaken about the restaurant. (wrong evaluation) (I mistook it = I got it wrong = I evaluated it incorrectly)
So, I cannot say "I have mistaken this restaurant for that other one?"
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Old December 05, 2011, 12:18 PM
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Of course! That's perfect English.
But, in order for that statement to work, you have to have two objects.
The Spanish phrase has only one object.

I believe the OP was trying to wrap his head around a one-object phrase, so I offered one-object suggestions. I steered away from using 'mistake' because I didn't want to introduce a second object. Sorry about any confusion.
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