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 H.

  • Had or Would Have

  • Had Ought ( or ) Ought

  • Had n’t Have

  • Haggle and Barter

  • Hail and Hale

  • Hairbrained or Harebrained

  • Hand and Hand ( or ) Hand in Hand

  • Handcart and Dolly

  • Handicap and Disability

  • Hangar and Hanger

  • Hanged and Hung

  • Hanging Indents

  • Hanukkah and Chanukah

  • Hard Disk and Floppy Disk

  • Hardly

  • Hardly Never or Hardly Ever

  • Hardy and Hearty

  • Hark and Hearken

  • He Do Not ( or ) He Does Not

  • He, She, Him and Her

  • Heading and Bound

  • Heal and Heel

  • Hear and Here

  • Hearing-Impaired or Deaf

  • Heavily or Strongly

  • Heighth or Height

  • Help The Problem ( or ) Help Solve The Problem

  • Hence Why or Hence

  • Herbs and Spices

  • Hero and Protagonist

  • Heroin and Heroine

  • Hesitant and Reticent

  • Hindi and Hindu

  • Highly Looked Upon and Highly Regarded

  • Hippie and Hippy

  • Hispanic or Chicano or Latino

  • Hisself or Himself

  • An Historic or A Historic

  • Historic and Historical

  • HIV Virus

  • Hoard and Horde

  • Hoi Polloi

  • Hold or Ahold

  • Hold Your Peace ( and ) Say Your Piece

  • Hole and Whole

  • Holocaust

  • Home Page

  • Homophobic

  • Hone In and Home In

  • Hors D’oeuvres

  • How To ( and ) How I Can

  • Hundreds and Century

  • Hyphen and Minus

  • Hyphens and Dashes

  • Hyphenation

  • Hypocritical

  • Hysterical and Hilarious

  • Common Errors Index