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N1 Lesson 6: 12/17


Was under the impression that, (Always) the thought used to think

sometimes ものだと思っていた is used. もんと思っていた is more casual variant


Verb + ものと(おも)っていた
[い]Adjective + ものと(おも)っていた
[な]Adjective + + ものと(おも)っていた
Noun + + ものと(おも)っていた


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About ものと思っていた

(もの)(おも) is made up of the noun (もの) 'thing', the case marking particle と, and the う-Verb (おも)う 'to think'. Regular translations include 'to believe that (A)', or 'to have confidence that (A)'. In a broader sense, this grammar pattern is just making use of one of the meanings of (もの) as being something abstract that the speaker can reliably determine has all of the qualities of something concrete.
When (おも)う appears in the past tense as ものと(おも)っていた, the most common translation is 'as I had believed was true of (A)', or 'I was under the impression that (A)'.
As もの is a noun, this pattern may follow any word in its attributive form.
  • え...まだ晩御飯(ばんごはん)()べてないの?てっきり(かえ)りに()べてくるものと(おも)っていたから、あなたの(ぶん)(つく)ってないですよ。
    What… You haven't eaten dinner yet? I was totally under the impression that you were going to grab something on the way back home, so I did not make anything for you.
  • (わたし)(はは)(ねこ)()きではないものと(おも)っていたが、()いてみたらただ(ねこ)アレルギーがあるそうだ。
    I was under the impression that my mother did not like cats, but after asking her, I found out that it's just that she is allergic to them.
  • ゲートボールは老人(ろうじん)しかやらないものと(おも)っていたが、最近(さいきん)若者(わかもの)(あいだ)流行(はや)っているらしい。
    I was under the impression that gateball was something only old people played, but it seems to be popular among young people these days.
As ものと(おも)っていた highlights an impression of something that was true, contradictory statements will often appear in part (B) of the sentence following structures like が or けど.




    I was under the impression that he would disagree, but contrary to expectations he agreed.


    Novel: 'I was under the impression that the dragons were things of legends.'
    Small dragon: 'Rarrrr!'


    When I was a child, I lost my way in the forest. I was under the impression that I would die like this. (But I was saved)


    I was under the impression that learning kanji would be boring. (But it is not)


    A: 'Surprisingly, she lost. I was under the impression that she would win.'
    B: 'I thought so too.'

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