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 W.


  • Wail and Whale

  • Wait On ( or ) Wait For

  • Walk The Talk ( or ) Walk The Walk

  • Wander and Wonder

  • Warmongerer or Warmonger

  • Warrantee or Warranty

  • Wary, Weary and Leery

  • Was and Were

  • Wash

  • Wax

  • Way Better, Far Better and Much More Better

  • Ways and Way

  • We’re and Were

  • Weak and Week

  • Weather Forecast Calls For ( or ) Weather Forecast Predicts

  • Weather, Wether or Whether

  • Weiner or Wiener

  • Well and Good

  • Wensday or Wednesday

  • Went and Gone

  • Went and Gone : 2

  • Were and Where

  • Wet Your Appetite ( or ) Whet Your Appetite

  • Whacky or Wacky

  • What and That

  • Wheat or Whole Wheat

  • Wheelbarrel or Wheelbarrow

  • Whenever and When

  • Where It’s At

  • Whereabouts Are or Whereabouts Is

  • Wherefore

  • Whether ( and ) Whether or Not

  • Whether and If

  • Which and That

  • Whilst and While

  • Whim and A Prayer ( or ) Wing and A Prayer

  • Whimp or Wimp

  • Whip Cream or Whipped Cream

  • Whisky or Whiskey

  • Who and Whom

  • Who’s or Whose

  • Whole-Hardily or Wholeheartedly

  • A Whole ’Nother or A Completely Different

  • Whole and Hole

  • Whose-Ever or Whoever's

  • Wile Away or While Away

  • Will or Shall

  • -wise

  • Within or Among

  • With Regard To and In Regards To

  • Woman and Female

  • Woman and Women

  • Wonderkind or Wunderkind

  • Wont or Won’t

  • World Wide Web

  • Works, Songs, Compositions or Pieces

  • Worrisome, Concerning and Troubling

  • Worse comes to Worse ( or ) Worst comes to Worst

  • Would Have or Had

  • Would Of, Should Of and Could Of

  • Wrack and Rack

  • Wrangle or Wangle

  • Wrapped and Rapt

  • Wrecking Bar and Crowbar

  • Wreckless or Reckless

  • Wreaking Havoc or Reeking Havoc

  • Wretch and Retch

  • Write Me

  • Writting or Writing

  • Wring Its Neck ( or ) Ring Its Neck

  • Wry or Rye



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