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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 M.

  • MAC or Mac

  • Macabre

  • Majority Are and Majority Is

  • Majorly and Extremely

  • Make Due

  • To Make a Long Story Short( or ) Long Story Short

  • Make A Priority and Prioritize

  • Make Pretend or Make Believe

  • Male Chauvinist or Sexist or Chauvinist

  • Mantle and Mantel

  • Manufacture and Manufacturer

  • Marital and Martial

  • Marshall or Marshal

  • Marshmellow or Marshmallow

  • Mash Potatoes or Mashed Potatoes

  • Mass and Massive

  • Masseuse and Masseur

  • Material and Materiel

  • Mauve

  • May and Might

  • Maybe and May Be

  • Me Either or Me Neiither

  • Me, Myself and I

  • Mean and Median

  • Meantime and Meanwhile

  • Medal and Metal, Meddle and Mettle

  • Media and Medium

  • Medieval Ages or Middle Ages

  • Mediocre

  • Medium and Median

  • Memorium or Memoriam

  • Methodology and Method

  • Mfr. and Mfg.

  • Mic or Mike

  • Midrift or Midriff

  • Might Could ( and ) Might or Could

  • Might Has Well ( or ) Might As Well

  • Might or Ought

  • Militate and Mitigate

  • Mind of Information ( or ) Mine of Information

  • Miner and Minor

  • Minister and Administer

  • Minority

  • Minus and Hyphen

  • Minus Well or Might As Well

  • Mischievious or Mischievous

  • Misnomer

  • Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifier

  • Misplaced Stress

  • Mixed-Up Media

  • Today’s Modern Society or Today

  • Money is No Option

  • Mono E Mono ( or ) Mano A Mano

  • Moon and Earth

  • Moral and Morale

  • Morals, Ethics and Morale

  • Morays or Mores

  • More Importantly or More Important

  • Moreso or More So

  • Most Always or Almost Always

  • Motherload or Mother Load

  • Motion and Move

  • Motor and Engine

  • Mount Fujiyama

  • Much Differently or Very Differently

  • Much More Better, Way Better and Far Better

  • Muchly or Much

  • Mucus and Mucous

  • Mumble Jumbo or Mumbo Jumble

  • Music and Singing

  • Muslims and Islams

  • Must Of

  • Mute Point ( or ) Moot Point

  • Myriad Of ( or ) Myriad

  • Myth and Legend

  • Common Errors Index