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    Your thinking is wrong

    Hi,

    Is "Your thinking is wrong" correct?

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    Re: Your thinking is wrong

    It's OK but how are you planning to use it? Can you give us an example dialogue that includes it?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Your thinking is wrong

    And how do you think the person will take this?

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    Re: Your thinking is wrong

    If someone is saying something about something.

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    Re: Your thinking is wrong

    In that case, I think, "That's interesting" would be more polite.
    Naturally, if they are being illogical, and if it matters, you could use your phrase.

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    Re: Your thinking is wrong

    To be clear - to a native speaker, "your thinking is wrong" is rude and condescending.

    It's just possible to make it not rude with tone of voice and very specific circumstances, for example:
    A: Go get your shoes on! We have to go!
    B: What? Why? I was thinking we'd just have a quiet night at home eating leftovers for dinner.
    A: Well, your thinking was wrong - I'm taking you out to the new Italian restaurant you've been talking about. Our reservations are in 30 minutes.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Your thinking is wrong

    Quote Originally Posted by Untaught88 View Post
    If someone is saying something about something.
    I have to say that's probably the least imaginative context we have ever been given! At the very least, we would have expected something like "I'm planning to use it to someone who has said that they think something is going to happen or something is true, but I disagree".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Your thinking is wrong

    Quote Originally Posted by Untaught88 View Post
    If someone is saying something about something.
    Use it if you're not worried about annoying them. If you want to remain friends, try something a bit softer. A hard-boiled professor could use it when trashing an essay.

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