(one) would be forgiven for (doing something)(redirected from they would be forgiven for)
(one) would be forgiven for (doing something)
It is completely understandable that one would do, think, or believe something, even if it is incorrect. Anyone visiting this country would be forgiven for thinking that they've somehow gone backwards in time. You would be forgiven for wondering how a multinational company has failed to pay its taxes for the last five years.
See also: forgive
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he, she, etc. could/might be forgiven for doing somethingused to say that it is easy to understand why somebody does or thinks something, although they are wrong: Looking at the crowds out shopping, you could be forgiven for thinking that everyone has plenty of money to spend.
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- (one) could be forgiven for (doing something)
- (one) might be forgiven for (doing something)
- (one) will be forgiven for (doing something)
- he, she, etc. could/might be forgiven for doing something
- I don't blame (someone)
- I don't blame you/her, etc.
- begging your pardon, but (something)
- put the lie to (something)