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I actually have two questions:

1- How can I say this in one sentence: "I am bad, love me as I am"? I was thinking about "Love me the way I am bad" or "Love me as I am bad" but I don't feel they are correct.

2- I want to say everybody likes good people. Is it correct to say "Everybody loves the good"?

  • I would avoid: I am bad. Love me the way I am. – Lambie Jan 14 '17 at 16:21
  • You probably should not say anything like "I am bad" unless you mean that you're a criminal, a deceiver, vicious, cruel, or have similarly undesirable character traits. In other words, "bad" really means "BAD" and shouldn't be used casually as a self-description unless you are warning the person to stay away from you. – MMacD Jan 14 '17 at 16:59
  • Joan, dearest, don't you love me, bad as I am? Nothing wrong with that. – FumbleFingers Jan 14 '17 at 18:24
  • @FumbleFingers: There's plenty wrong with that, though not grammatically. – MMacD Jan 14 '17 at 21:31
  • What's wrong with saying what you want to say for #2? Everybody likes/loves/adores good people – Chris Rogers Jan 15 '17 at 0:03
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An idiomatic way to convey that thought would be

Love me, warts and all.

The phrase warts and all can be used to allude to a person’s faults and shortcomings.


As for “Everybody loves the good,” that could refer to good people, or it could refer to anything good in life. If I read that sentence without any additional context, I’d assume it was talking about all that is good, not just good people: pleasant weather, the arts, world peace, unselfishness, etc.

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  1. Love me though I'm bad. Love me even though I'm bad. Love me even if I'm bad.

  2. Yes, it's correct to say that.

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    It may be correct, but it would also be ambiguous. – J.R. Jan 14 '17 at 15:32
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Another conventional expression like "warts and all" is

"you must take me as you find me"

meaning that, to have a relationship with me, you must be satisfied with me as I am and not expect me to change to please you.

As to your second question,

"Everyone loves the good"

is a fairly conventional expression, but much more often used as a general statement about the world, not about living beings particularly.

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Love me despite my faults / flaws.

would be a gentler way to say it.

Your second sentence seems to have the sense of

Always find the good in everyone / everything.

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If you want to use your original words verbatim, you can use a semicolon to separate the two phrases. "I am bad; love me as I am". While this is grammatically correct, for the purpose of dialogue it doesn't flow well. You could say "I may be bad, but love me as I am", but again, I personally don't think that it's a natural phrase. A better option could be to try phrasing it as a question, such as, "Can't you love me as I am, even though I'm bad/a terrible person?" or, "I may be bad, but can't you love me as I am?"

As for the second question, it is grammatically correct, but I share my precious sentiment about the way it flows. The phrasing is still a tad awkward. A more natural way to say it could be to replace "good" with a more descriptive adjective, such as "righteous" or, if you're looking for a more creative way, "Nice guys might finish last, but everyone still loves them"/"Everyone loves the nice guys".

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