ADJ. serious, terrible | complete, total | considerable, widespread | simple, slight | fundamental | genuine | possible
VERB + MISUNDERSTANDING cause, give rise to, lead to | avoid I am anxious to avoid any possible misunderstanding. | clear up, correct
MISUNDERSTANDING + VERB arise, occur, result Somehow a misunderstanding arose. | be based on sth, stem from sth
PREP. ~ about There was considerable misunderstanding about the aim of the project. | ~ between There must have been some misunderstanding between the minister and his secretary. | ~ by The oversimplification results in the possibility of misunderstanding by the reader. | ~ over a slight misunderstanding over the terms of the contract
PHRASES a possibility/risk of misunderstanding, room/scope for misunderstanding Leave no scope for misunderstandings of any type.