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 B.

  • Back in Time or Forward in Time or Up in Time

  • Backslash and Slash

  • Backward and Backwards

  • Bail and Bale

  • Baited Breath or Bated Breath

  • Baldfaced, Boldfaced and Barefaced

  • Ball and Bawl

  • Barb Wire, Barbed Wire and Bob Wire

  • Bare and Bear

  • Barter and Haggle

  • Base and Bass

  • Based Around or Based Off Of

  • Basicly and Basically

  • Bases and Basises

  • Bazaar and Bizarre

  • BC and AD

  • Beat and Bead

  • Beaurocracy or Bureaucracy

  • Because ( or ) Due to The Fact That

  • Beckon Call, Beck and Call

  • Begs The Question

  • Behaviors

  • Being That and Because

  • Belief and Believe

  • Belief Toward or Belief In

  • Below Table or Table Below

  • Bemuse and Amuse

  • Benefactor and Beneficiary

  • Beside and Besides

  • Better

  • Between

  • Between You and I ( or ) Between You and Me

  • Beyond The Pail or Beyond The Pale

  • Bias and Biased

  • Bible

  • Biceps or Bicep

  • Biography and Autobiography

  • Bit, Tad, Tad Bit

  • Biweekly and Semiweekly

  • Blatant

  • Block and Bloc

  • Blunt and Brunt

  • Boarders and Borders

  • Bona Fide or Bonafied

  • Bored With ( or ) Bored Of

  • Born and Borne

  • Born Of ( or ) Born Out Of

  • Borrow and Loan

  • Borrow From ( or ) Borrow Off

  • Both and Each

  • Bought and Brought

  • Bought or Boughten

  • Bounce and Bounds

  • Bound and Heading

  • Bourgeois

  • Brainchild

  • Brake or Break

  • Brand Names

  • Brang, Brung and Brought

  • Breach and Breech

  • Breath and Breathe

  • Brilliant and Genius

  • Bring and Take

  • Britain and Briton

  • British and English

  • Broach and Brooch

  • Broke and Broken

  • Brunt and Butt

  • Brussel Sprout

  • Build On ( or ) Build Off Of

  • Bullion and Bouillon

  • Bully Pulpit

  • Bumrush or Bum's Rush

  • Buoyant or Bouyant

  • Butt Naked or Buck naked

  • Buttocks or Buttox

  • By Accident ( or ) On Accident

  • By, ’Bye and Buy

  • By Far, Far and Away & By Far and Away

  • By The Fact That ( or ) In The Fact That

  • Common Errors Index


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