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 R.


  • Racism

  • Rack and Wrack

  • Raise and Raze

  • Rampart and Rampant

  • Ran and Run

  • Random

  • Rapport

  • Rapt and Wrapped

  • Rate of Speed

  • Rather, Sort Of and Somewhat

  • Rather or Sooner

  • Ratio

  • Rational and Rationale

  • Rationale and Rationalization

  • Ravaging, Ravishing and Ravenous

  • RBIs or RBI

  • Reactionary and Reactive

  • Reactive or Proactive

  • Readably or Readily

  • Real and Really

  • Realtor

  • Reap What You Sew ( or ) Reap What You Sow

  • Reason Because

  • Rebelling and Revolting

  • Rebut and Refute

  • Recent and Resent

  • Reckless or Wreckless

  • Recreate and Reinvent

  • Rediculous or Ridiculous

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

  • Redundancies

  • Reeking Havoc or Wreaking Havoc

  • Refer and Allude

  • Refrain and Restrain

  • Refridgerator or Refrigerator

  • Refute and Reject

  • Regard or Regards

  • Regardless or Irregardless

  • Regretfully and Regrettably

  • Reign and Rein

  • Reknown or Renown

  • Religion

  • Religion Believes ( or ) Religion Teaches

  • Religiosity or Piety

  • Reluctant and Reticent

  • Remotely Close

  • Remuneration and Renumeration

  • Reoccurring or Recurring

  • Repel and Repulse

  • Replete and Complete

  • Reply Back ( or ) Reply

  • Report Into ( or ) Report On

  • Repress and Oppress

  • Repungent, Repugnant and Pungent

  • Request and Ask

  • Resignate or Resonate

  • Resister and Resistor

  • Respect and Aspect

  • Respiratory

  • Respond Back, Respond and Reply

  • Restive

  • Retch and Wretch

  • Reticent and Hesitant

  • Retrospective and Retroactive

  • Return Back or Return

  • Revelant or Relelant

  • Revenge and Avenge

  • Revert and Reply

  • Revolve and Rotate

  • Revolve Around or Center Around or Center On

  • Revue and Review

  • Rhetorical Questions

  • Riffle and Rifle

  • Right of Passage or Rite of Passage

  • Ring Its Neck ( or ) Wring Its Neck

  • Rio Grande River or Rio Grande

  • Risky and Risqué

  • Road to Hoe ( or ) Row to Hoe

  • Rob and Steal

  • Role and Roll

  • Rollover or Roll Over

  • Romantic

  • Rondezvous or Rendezvous

  • Root, Rout and Route

  • Rouge and Rogue

  • RPMs or RPM

  • RSVP

  • Rubbage

  • Rueben or Reuben

  • Ruff or Rough

  • Rural

  • Rye or Wry



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