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 C.


  • Cache and Cachet

  • Caddy-Corner, Catty-Corner, Cater-Corner or Kitty-Corner

  • Caesar or Ceasar

  • Call The Question

  • Callous and Callused

  • Calm, Cool and Collective

  • Calvary and Cavalry

  • Can Goods or Canned Goods

  • Canadian Geese or Canada Geese

  • Cannot or Can Not

  • Canon and Cannon

  • Capital and Capitol

  • Caramel and Carmel

  • Carat or Caret or Carrot or Karat

  • Careen and Career

  • Caring

  • Cast in Stone or Carved in Stone or Carved in Stone

  • Catch-22

  • Cause for Concern ( or ) Pause for Concern

  • CD-ROM Disk

  • Ceasar or Caesar

  • Celibate and Chaste

  • Celtic

  • Cement and Concrete

  • Censor or Censure or Sensor or Censer

  • Center Around or Center On or Revolve Around

  • Center of Attraction ( and ) Center of Attention

  • Center of Attention ( and ) Center of Attraction

  • Cents

  • Century and Hundreds

  • Chai Tea

  • Chaise Longue

  • Chalk-Full or Chock-Full or Chuck-Full or Choke-Full

  • Champaign and Champagne

  • Channel-Surfing ( or ) Surfing The Internet

  • Chanukah and Hanukkah

  • Chaste and Celibate

  • Chauvinist or Male Chauvinist or Sexist

  • Cheat and Gyp

  • Chemicals

  • Check or Czech

  • Cheese Quesadilla

  • Chicano or Latino or Hispanic

  • Chose and Choose

  • Christmas or Xmas

  • Chuck and Chunk

  • Vicious Circle, Viscous Circle or Viscous Cycle

  • Concrete and Cement

  • Church

  • Cite or Site or Sight

  • Classic and Classical

  • Cleanup and Clean Up

  • Cliché and Clichéd

  • Click and Clique

  • Close and Clothes

  • Close, Proximity, In Proximity To

  • Closed-Minded

  • Coarse and Course

  • Coincidentally and Ironically

  • Cold Slaw or Cole Slaw

  • Collaborate and Corroborate

  • Collage and College

  • Collective Plural

  • Colombia and Columbia

  • Colons and Semicolons

  • Come With

  • Commas

  • Company Names with Apostrophes

  • Compare and Contrast

  • Compare To and Compare With

  • Complement and Compliment

  • Complementary and Complimentary

  • Complete and Replete

  • A Whole ’Nother or A Completely Different

  • Compositions, Songs, Pieces or Works

  • Comprised Of or Composed Of

  • Concerning, Disconcerning and Discerning

  • Concerning, Worrisome and Troubling

  • Concerted Effort

  • Conflicted and Conflicting Feelings

  • Confusionism or Confucianism

  • Congradulations or Congratulations

  • Connoisseur or Connaisseur

  • Connote and Denote

  • Conscience, Conscious and Consciousness

  • Consensus or Concensus

  • Conservativism or Conservatism

  • Contaminates and Contaminants

  • Continual and Continuous

  • Continuously, Currently and Ongoingly

  • Contrary and Contrast

  • Contrasts and Contrasts With

  • Contribute and Attribute

  • Conversate and Converse

  • Copywrite and Copyright

  • Core, Corps and Corpse

  • Costumer and Customer

  • Could Care Less

  • Could Of, Should Of and Would Of

  • Council, Counsel and Consul

  • Countries and States

  • Couple and Couple Of

  • Cowtow or Kowtow

  • Cracker Jack

  • Crafts

  • Credible and Credulous

  • Crescendo and Climax

  • Crevice and Crevasse

  • Crick and Creek

  • Crispy or Chrispy

  • Criteria and Criterion

  • Criticism

  • Critique and Criticize

  • Croissant

  • Crucifiction or Crucifixion

  • Crucifix and Cross

  • Crowbar and Wrecking Bar

  • Cue and Queue

  • Currant and Current

  • Currently and Presently

  • Curve Your Appetite or Curb Your Appetite

  • Cut and Dry

  • Cut and Paste ( or ) Copy and Paste

  • Cut of Tea ( or ) Cup of Tea



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