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 E.


  • e.g. and i.e.
  • Each
  • Each and Both
  • Eager and Anxious
  • Early Adapter or Early Adopter
  • Earth and Moon
  • Easedrop or Eavesdrop
  • Ecology and Environment
  • Economic and Economical
  • Ecstatic
  • Ect. or Etc.
  • Ed and T
  • Needs -ed/-ing
  • Effect and Affect
  • Effective, Influential and Impactful
  • Effluence and Affluence
  • Efforting and Trying
  • ei AND ie
  • Eighteen Hundreds or Nineteenth Century
  • Either Are and Either Is
  • Either...Or... & Neither...Nor...
  • Electrocute and Shock
  • Ellipses
  • Elicit and Illicit
  • Elude and Allude
  • Elusive, Allusive and Illusive
  • Email or E mail
  • Embaress or Embarress
  • Emergent and Emergency
  • Emigrate and Immigrate
  • Eminent, Imminent and Immanent
  • Empathy and Sympathy
  • Emphasize or Emphasize On
  • Emulate and Imitate
  • En Route or In Route
  • Enamored By ( or ) Enamored Of
  • Encourage, Incentivize and Incent
  • Endnotes and Footnotes
  • End Result
  • Endemic and Epidemic
  • Engine and Motor

  • English and British

  • Enjoy To or Enjoy -ing

  • Enormity and Enormousness

  • Enquire and Inquire

  • Ensuite

  • Ensure, Assure and Insure

  • Ensure or Insure or Assure - 1
  • Enthuse

  • Envelop and Envelope

  • Envious and Jealous

  • Environment or Enviroment

  • Epic and Epoch

  • Epicenter

  • Epigram, Epigraph, Epitaph and Epithet

  • Epitomy and Epitome

  • Eponymous and Self-Titled

  • Error or Err

  • ES

  • Especially and Specially

  • Et Alia

  • Et Cetera

  • Etc. or Ect.

  • Ethics, Morals and Morale

  • Ethnics

  • Etymology and Entomology

  • Every So Often ( or ) Ever So Often

  • Every

  • Ever Since or Every Since

  • Everyday and Every Day

  • Everyone and Every One

  • Everytime or Every Time

  • Evidence To

  • Evoke and Invoke

  • Exactly The Same or Exact Same

  • Exalt and Exult

  • Exaggerated or Over-Exaggerated
  • Exasperate and Exacerbate

  • Excape and Escape

  • Exceed and Accede
  • Except and Accept
  • Exceptional and Exceptionable

  • Excrable or Execrable

  • Exhileration or Exhilaration

  • Exorcise and Exercise

  • Exponential

  • Expressed and Express

  • Expresso or Espresso

  • Extend and Extent

  • Expresses That and Says That

  • Extract Revenge and Exact Revenge

  • Extramural, Intramural and Intermural
  • Extremely and Majorly


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