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I thought that it was a misconception: how could they say that the one I loved was not good enough for me?
asked Feb 07 '12 at 03:33 Gabrielle Bufrem New member

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I am not entirely certain that "misconception" is the right word here.  Misconception (an incorrect view or opinion based on faulty thinking or understanding), although similar to mistake (an incorrect view or opinion based on poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient information, etc.), is not entirely interchangeable.  A mistake is a broader error, whereas a misconception requires more of an error in thought or understanding.


That aside, the first part of your sentence is technically correct, but weak in meaning.  "I thought that it was a misconception."  You've used a pronoun to soften the blow of calling someone or something in error.  For argument's sake, we'll say that the person saying this was a girl named Judy.  The statement doesn't point to Judy, but instead to the statement - "it."  You really aren't thinking that the statement was a misconception or mistake.  The statement itself does not think or make an error of its own.  And yet, that is what you are saying here.  "It was a misconception."  "The statement was a misconception."  What you really want to say is that Judy was wrong. 


As for the second part, I would adjust a couple of things to make it more technically correct.  For one thing, "they" must refer to something plural.  If you mean that Judy and a whole group of people are saying this, "they" is fine.  But if you mean some nameless person, "they" is simply wrong.  You are usually better to simply name the person anyway.  Lastly, your tense is a little different than I think you want it to be.  The people are not saying that your loved one is currently not good enough for you.  Instead, they are saying that he was not good enough for you at some point in the past.  You kept the past tense through the back end, but the present tense on the front end.  Switch the tenses to present tense and the second part just sounds better:  


"How could she say that the one I love is not good enough for me?"


"I thought that Judy was out of line:  how could she say that the one I love is not good enough for me?"

link comment answered Feb 07 '12 at 03:56 Rik Kluessendorf Contributor
This is a misconception by them! How can they say that the one I loved is not good enough for me?
link comment answered Feb 10 '12 at 23:02 Di Henderson New member

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