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 P.


  • Page and Site

  • Pair (Number)

  • Palate, Palette and Pallet

  • Par Excellance or Par Excellence

  • Parallel and Symbol

  • Parallelism in A Series

  • Parallelled or Paralleled

  • Paralyzation or Paralysis

  • Parameters and Perimeters

  • Paramount and Tantamount

  • Paranoid

  • Parentheses

  • Parliment or Parliament

  • Partake and Participate

  • Passed and Past

  • Passive Voice

  • Past Time and Pastime

  • Pastorial or Pastoral

  • Patience and Patients

  • Pause for Concern ( or ) Cause for Concern

  • Payed or Paid

  • Pawn Off or Palm Off

  • Peace and Piece

  • Peak, Peek and Pique

  • Peal Out or Peel Out

  • Peasant or Pheasant

  • Pedal and Peddle

  • Pedal to The Medal ( or ) Pedal to The Metal

  • Pen and Pin

  • Pen or Ink Pen

  • Penultimate or Next to Last

  • Peoples

  • Per and According To

  • Percent Decrease

  • Percent or Per Cent

  • Percipitation or Precipitation

  • Time or Period or Time Period

  • Pernickety or Persnickety

  • Perogative or Prerogative

  • Perpetrate and Perpetuate

  • Per Se or Perse or Persay

  • Persecute and Prosecute

  • Person and Individual

  • Personal and Personnel

  • Personality

  • Perspective and Prospective

  • Peruse

  • Perverse and Perverted

  • Phase and Faze

  • Philippines and Filipinos

  • Phenomena or Phenomenon

  • Physical or Fiscal

  • Physical and Fiscal - 1

  • Picaresque or Picturesque

  • Pickup or Pick Up

  • Pick Me Up and Tirimisù

  • Picture

  • Pieces, Songs, Compositions or Works

  • PIN Number or PIN

  • Pinned Up or Pent Up

  • Pit in My Stomach ( or ) In The Pit in My Stomach

  • Pith and Vinegar ( or ) Piss and Vinegar

  • Plain and Plane

  • Play Against and Verse

  • Plays A Factor

  • Playwrite or Playwright

  • Plead Innocent

  • Please RSVP or Please Reply

  • Plug and Jack

  • Plug-In or Outlet

  • Plus and Add

  • PM and AM

  • Podium and Lectern

  • Poinsetta or Poinsettia

  • Point Being is That ( or ) Point is That

  • Point in Time ( or ) Point and Time

  • Point of You ( or ) Point of View

  • Poisonous and Venomous

  • Pole and Poll

  • Pompom and Pompon

  • Poo-Poo, Pooh-Pooh and Pupu

  • Populace and Populous

  • Pore and Pour

  • Possessed Of, Possessed By, Possessed With

  • Practice and Practise

  • Practicle or Practical

  • Pray and Prey

  • Wing and A Prayer or Whim and A Prayer

  • Pre-Madonna or Prima-Donna

  • Precede and Proceed

  • Precedence and Precedents

  • Precipitate and Precipitous

  • Precise and Accurate

  • Precurse, Foretell, Foreshadow, Preface, Anticipate or Precede

  • Predominant and Predominate

  • Predominately or Predominantly

  • Preemptory or Peremptory

  • Preferably

  • Prejudice and Prejudiced

  • Premier and Premiere

  • Premise and Premises

  • Preparing or Fixing

  • Prepone

  • Prepositions (Repeated)

  • Prepositions (Wrong)

  • Prescribe or Proscribe

  • Presently and Currently

  • Pretty and Somewhat

  • Primer

  • Primevil or Primeval

  • Principal and Principle

  • Prioritize and Make A Priority

  • Priority

  • Proactive or Reactive

  • Probably

  • Problems and Issues

  • Prodigy, Progeny and Protégé

  • Prone and Supine

  • Pronoun and Name

  • Pronounciation or Pronunciation

  • Proof is in The Pudding ( or ) The Proof of The Pudding is in The Eating

  • Prophecy or Prophesy

  • Prostate and Prostrate

  • Protagonist and Hero

  • Protray or Portray

  • Proved and Proven

  • Proximity, Close, In Proximity To

  • Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist and Psychoanalyst

  • Pundint or Pundit

  • Pungent, Repugnant and Repungent

  • Purposely or Purposefully

  • Put into Final Form, Finalize, Finish



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