greenman Forgiven for

A common construction in English is subject+could/would/may be forgiven for+verb (thinking, wondering, believing), meaning that it is understandable if what you are doing is mistaken or misguided.


You could be forgiven for thinking that Trump is the only thing going on in the world — Cabría pensar que Trump es lo único que existe en este mundo

Hear the words "meat substitute" and you would be forgiven for imagining chickpea patties — Al oir las palabras "sustituto de la carne", sería comprensible que te vinieran a la mente hamburguesas de garbanzos

You may be forgiven for starting to wonder if I'm mad — Entendería que empezaras a preguntarte si estoy loco