Common Errors in English





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The concept of Common Errors is a fuzzy one. We leave to linguists the technical definitions. Here we’re concerned only with deviations from the standard use of English as judged by sophisticated users such as professional writers, editors, teachers and literate executives and personnel officers. The aim of this page is to help you avoid low grades, lost employment opportunities, lost business and titters of amusement at the way you write or speak.

If your standard usage causes other people to consider you stupid or ignorant, you may want to consider changing it. You have the right to express yourself in any manner you please, but if you wish to communicate effectively, you should use nonstandard English only when you intend to rather than fall into it because you don’t know any better. Other sites do this. Ours is dedicated to errors in usage. This page is really aimed at the most errors of native speakers. The errors others make in English differ according to the characteristics of their first languages. Speakers of other languages tend to make some specific errors that are uncommon among native speakers.

We all commit mistakes from time to time. If you think you’ve found an error in our own writings, you are welcome to let us know it at once.

Here is the List of Errors beginning with A.



  • A and AN

  • A Prayer, Whim and A Prayer

  • A Shambles or In Shambles

  • A Whole ’Nother or A Completely Different

  • Abject

  • Able To

  • About

  • Absorption

  • Abstruse and Obtuse

  • Academia

  • Accede and Exceed

  • Accent Marks

  • Access

  • Accessory

  • Accept and Except

  • Accidentally or Accidently

  • According To and Per

  • Accurate and Precise

  • Acronyms and Apostrophes

  • Across

  • Actionable and Doable

  • Actual Fact and Actually

  • Ad

  • AD and BC

  • Ad Nauseam

  • Add and Plus

  • Addicting or Addictive

  • Adapt and Adopt

  • Administer and Minister

  • Administrate

  • Adultery

  • Advanced and Advance

  • Adverse and Averse

  • Advice and Advise

  • Adviser and Advisor

  • Advocate For

  • Aesthetic and Ascetic

  • Affect and Effect

  • Affluence and Effluence

  • African American

  • After All or Afterall

  • Afterwards and Afterwords

  • Agnostic and Atheist

  • Agreement or Agreeance

  • Ahold or Hold

  • Ain’t, Am Not, Isn’t and Aren’t

  • Aisle and Isle

  • All

  • All in all

  • Albeit or All be it

  • All for Naught

  • Augurs Well ( or ) All goes Well

  • All of a Sudden

  • An Historic or A Historic

  • Alleged or Allegedly

  • Alliterate

  • Alls

  • Allude and Elude

  • Allude and Refer

  • Allusion and illusion

  • Allusive, Elusive and Illusive

  • Almost

  • Almost Always or Most Always

  • Along The Same Line

  • Allot or A Lot

  • Aloud and Allowed

  • All Ready and Already

  • All Right or Alright

  • Almost Never or Hardly Ever

  • Altar and Alter

  • Alterior or Ulterior

  • Alternate and Alternative

  • Altogether and All Together

  • Alumnus and Alumni

  • Alzheimer’s Disease or Old-Timer’s Disease

  • AM and PM

  • Amateur or Amature

  • Ambiguous and Ambivalent

  • Ambivalent and Indifferent

  • Americans

  • Among or Within

  • Amongst and Among

  • Amoral and Immoral

  • Amount and Number

  • Amphitheatre or Ampitheatre

  • Amuse and Bemuse

  • Ancestor and Descendant

  • And Also

  • And and Or

  • Anecdote and Antidote

  • Angel and Angle

  • Annihilate, Decimate, Obliterate and Slaughter

  • Another Words or In Other Words

  • Antihero

  • Anxious and Eager

  • Any More

  • And Sundry ( or ) Insundry

  • Anticipate, Foretell, Foreshadow, Preface, Precurse or Precede

  • Anything More Specific, From The Beginning of Time, Since Time Began

  • Anytime or Anytime

  • Any Way

  • Anywhere

  • Apart or A Part

  • Apiece or A Piece

  • Apostrophes

  • Appalled or Appauled

  • Appraise and Apprise

  • Apropos and Appropriate

  • Around and About

  • Arthritis

  • Arctic

  • Artisanal and Artesian

  • Ascribe and Subscribe

  • As Best As

  • As Far As

  • As Far As ( or ) All The Farther

  • As Follows

  • As of Yet ( or ) As Yet

  • As Per

  • As Such

  • As Time Progressed

  • Ascared or Scared

  • Asian or Oriental

  • Ask and Question

  • Ask and Request

  • Ask or Ax

  • Asocial or Antisocial

  • Asterisk

  • Aspect and Respect

  • Assure or Ensure or Insure

  • Assure or Ensure or Insure : 1

  • Astrology and Astronomy

  • Aswell or As Well

  • At All

  • At Home ( or ) To Home

  • ATM Machine

  • Atheist

  • Athlete

  • Attain and Obtain

  • Attribute and Contribute

  • Aural and Oral

  • Auger and Augur

  • Available or Avaidable

  • Autobiography and Biography

  • Avenge and Revenge

  • Avocation and Vocation

  • Away and A Way

  • Awhile and A While

  • Awe Shucks or Shucks and Awe

  • Ax or Ask

  • Axel and Axle



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