I would like to describe a statement as failing to be accurate, but I'm struggling to articulate it in a manner which may be considered grammatically correct. I had initially written: "Not only does his statement fail in terms of accuracy", but then disregarded it and went with: "Not only does his statement fail on account of its inaccuracy", but that doesn't sound right to me either. Any ideas?

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    Perhaps we'd be able to help you better if you told us the specific 'inaccurate' statement?
    – user180089
    Jul 15 '16 at 17:47
  • I don't doubt that the statement I'm writing about is inaccurate, I'm just not sure if I am wording my sentence correctly. Are the two examples I provided wrong? is so, is do you have a better example? Thanks.
    – liston
    Jul 15 '16 at 19:31
  • Your examples aren't wrong; I'm merely saying that providing the statement you're referring to may help us in finding a better alternative for 'inaccurate' for that context it's being used in, if such a one exists. @liston
    – user180089
    Jul 15 '16 at 19:33
  • Thanks, I just wasn't sure if they sounded right or if I was using "in terms of" correctly. I was wanting to say that the statement failed not only to be factually correct, but also to mitigate the moral repugnancy of the statement through the use of romanticised language.
    – liston
    Jul 15 '16 at 19:44
  • Perhaps another alternative then would be the word specious, meaning "lacking real merit; superficially pleasing or plausible; pleasing to the eye but deceptive" dictionary.com/browse/specious
    – user180089
    Jul 15 '16 at 19:48

Perhaps it would help just to simplify it a bit. To wit:

Not only is his statement inaccurate...


His statement is not only inaccurate, it is...

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