Common Errors in English
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 S.
Sacred and ScaredSacreligious or SacrilegiousSafety Deposit Box or Safe Deposit Box
Sail, Sale and Sell
Sakes or SakeSalsa Sauce or SalsaSame DifferenceSarcastic and IronicSatelliteSaw or SeenSay and TellSay Your Piece ( and ) Hold Your PeaceSays That and Expresses ThatScared or AscaredSceptic or SkepticSci-Fi, SF and Science FictionSchizophrenicScone or SconceScotch Free or Scot FreeScotch or ScotsScrapegoat or ScapegoatScratch and ItchSea ChangesSeam and SeemSecond of All ( or ) SecondSegway or SegueSelect and SelectedSelf-Titled and EponymousSelf-Worth or Self-EsteemSemicolons and ColonsSemiweekly and BiweeklySense and SinceSensor or Censor or Censure or CenserSensual and SensuousSentence FragmentsSergeant of Arms ( or ) Sergeant at ArmsService and ServeSet and SitSetup or Set UpSeveral or VariousSexist or Chauvinist or Male ChauvinistShall or Will
A Shambles or In Shambles
She, He, Her and HimShear and SheerSheath and SheafSherbert or SherbetShimmy or ShinnyShock and ElectrocuteShoe-In or Shoo-InShone and ShownShook and ShakenShould Of, Could Of and Would OfShrunk and ShrankShucks and Awe or Awe ShucksShutter to Think ( or ) Shudder to ThinkSick or SicSierra Nevada Mountains or Sierra NevadasSignaled Out ( or ) Singled OutSilicon or SiliconeSimplisticSince Time Began, From The Beginning of Time, Anything More SpecificSinging and MusicSingle QuotesSister-in-Laws or Sisters-in-LawSite and PageSite or Sight or CiteSkiddish or SkittishSlash and BackslashSlaughter, Annihilate, Decimate and ObliterateSlight of Hand or Sleight of HandSlog It Out ( or ) Slug It OutSlow Gin ( or ) Sloe GinSluff Off ( or ) Slough OffSnuck or SneakedSo and VerySo Fun ( or ) So Much FunSo Much That, To Where ( or ) To The Point ThatSoar and SoreSocial and SocietalSojourn and JourneySole and SoulSometime and Some TimeSometimes Not Always, Sometimes, Not AlwaysSomewhat and PrettySomewhat of A, Somewhat, Something of ASongs, Works, Compositions or PiecesSooner or RatherSooner Than Later ( or ) Sooner Rather Than LaterSort After or Sought AfterSort Of, Rather and SomewhatSoup Du Jour of The Day ( or ) Soup of The DaySour GrapesSowcow or SalchowSpaces After A PeriodSpaded and SpayedSpan and SpunSpare of The Moment or Spur of The MomentSpecially and EspeciallySpecie and Species
Rate of Speed
Spices and HerbsSpicket or SpigotSpiritualismSpoke and SaidSpreeSquash and QuashStaid and StayedStalactites and StalagmitesStand and StanceState EnthusiasticallyStates and CountriesStationary and StationeryStatue of Limitations ( or ) Statute of LimitationsSteal and RobSteep Learning CurveStep Foot or Set FootStereoStint and StentStock and Trade, Stock in TradeStomp or StampStraight and StraitStraightjacket or StraitjacketStraight Jacket or Strait JacketStraight-Laced or Strait-LacedStress On ( or ) Feel StressStricken and StruckStrong Suite or Strong SuitStrongly or HeavilyStupid and IgnorantSubmittal and SubmissionSubscribe and AscribeSubstance-FreeSubstitute With ( or ) Substitute ForSuffer With ( or ) Suffer FromSuit or SuiteSulking or SkulkingSummary and SummerySuped Up ( or ) Souped UpSupercede or SupersedeSupine and ProneSupposably, Supposingly, Supposively or SupposedlySuppose To ( or ) Supposed ToSupremist or SupremacistSure and For SureSurfing The Internet ( or ) Channel-SurfingSuspect and SuspiciousSwam or SwumSymbol and ParallelSympathy and Empathy