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 D.


  • Damped and Dampened

  • Damp Squib or Damp Squid

  • Dander and Gander

  • Dangling Modifiers and Misplaced Modifiers

  • Daring-Do or Derring-Do

  • Darkly, Through A Mirror ( or ) In A Mirror

  • Dashes and Hyphens

  • Data

  • Dateline and Deadline

  • Today’s Day and Age or This Day and Age

  • Daylight Savings Time or Daylight Saving Time

  • Deaf or Hearing-Impaired

  • Debrief

  • Deceptively

  • Decimate, Annihilate, Obliterate and Slaughter

  • Deep-Seeded or Deep-Seated

  • Defence and Defense

  • Definite and Definate

  • Deformation and Defamation

  • Defuse and Diffuse

  • Degrade, Denigrate and Downgrade

  • Degree Names

  • Deja Vu

  • Democrat and Democratic

  • Denied Of

  • Denote and Connote

  • Depends On

  • Depreciate and Deprecate

  • Derisory and Derisive

  • Descendant and Ancestor

  • Desert and Dessert

  • Despite and In Spite Of

  • Deviant and Deviate

  • Device and Devise

  • Dew, Do, Doo and Due

  • Dialogue and Discuss

  • Dieties or Deities

  • Differ and Vary

  • Different Than or Different From ... To ...

  • Dilemma and Difficulty

  • Dire Straights or Dire Straits

  • Disability and Handicap

  • Disburse and Disperse

  • Disc and Disk

  • Disconcerning, Discerning and Concerning

  • Discreet and Discrete

  • Discussed and Disgust

  • Disease Names

  • Disgression and Discretion

  • Disrespect

  • Disinterested and Uninterested

  • Dissemble and Disassemble

  • Do It Over ( or ) Redo It ( or ) Redo It Over

  • Do’s And Don’ts

  • Doable and Actionable

  • Doctorial and Doctoral

  • Dominate and Dominant

  • Does Not Supposed To ( or ) Is Not Supposed To

  • Dolly and Handcart

  • Done and Did

  • Double Negatives

  • Doubt That, Doubt Whether and Doubt If

  • Doubtlessly and Doubtless

  • Dove and Dived

  • Downfall and Drawback

  • Drank and Drunk

  • Drastic and Dramatic

  • Dredge, Drudge and Trudge

  • Drier and Dryer

  • Dribble and Drivel

  • Drips and Drabs ( or ) Dribs and Drabs

  • Drive and Disk

  • Drug and Dragged

  • Cut and Dry

  • Dual and Duel

  • Duck Tape or Duct Tape

  • Due Respect or Do Respect

  • Due to The Fact That ( or ) Because

  • Dyeing and Dying



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