Common English Errors


This is a very small sample of the more glaring errors found in all stages of writing. These should serve as a guide for you whether you are writing your first draft or your  final manuscript. 
While you’re about it, look for more errors of this kind and share them with all of us as a comment.
For a more complete list with definitions , see the link, below.)

Have a great day!

* from Common Errors in English Usage, Paul Brians
(Thank you, Paul.)

 

A
abstruse / obtuse    —  accept / except   —  acrossed    —  actual fact / actually  —     ad / add  — adultry  —  advocate for  —  affect / effect  —  affluence / effluence  —  Afghan / Afghani  —  ahold / hold  —  ain’t  —  aisle / isle  —  all for not  —  all goes well / augurs well  —  all of the sudden  —  all the farther  —  alls  —  along the same vein  —  alot  —  amoral / immoral  —  anecdote / antidote —  angel / angle   —  another words  — anyways  —  anywheres  — arthuritis  —  artic  —  as best as  — as less as possible  —  as of yet  —  asterick  —  at all  —  ATM machine  —  avaidable  —  awe, shucks

B
 back / forward / up in time  —  backward / backwards  —  bob wire  —  beckon call  —  being that  —  between you and I  —  bible  —  boast your confidence  — borrow off  —  both  —  boughten  —  brunt / butt  —  build off of  —  bumrush      but . . . however  —  butt naked  —  buttload

C
caddy-corner  —  call the question  —  Calvary / cavalry   —  CD-ROM disk  —  cold slaw  —  confusionism  —  congradulations  —  copywrite / copyright  —  coronate  —  could care less  —  could give a damn  —  could of / should of / would of  — couple / couple of  —  crucifiction  —  curve your appetite  —  cursing through veins

D
daring-do  —   day in age  —  dealed  —  death nail  —  debrief  —  deep-seeded  —  degree names  —  desert / dessert  —  differently abled / physically challenged  —  dire straights  —  disc / disk / desk  —  discretion is the better part of valor  —  doesn’t supposed to  — doubt that / doubt whether / doubt if  —  dove / dived  —  download / upload  —  dozen of  / drivel  —  drips and drabs  —  drive / disk  —  drug / dragged  —  duck tape  —  due to the fact that    —  dyeing / dying

E
 e.g. / i.e.  —  easedrop  —  ect.  —  efforting  —  ei / ie  —  eighteen hundreds / nineteenth century  —  enjoy to  —  epitomy —  eponymous  —  equally as  —  et al.  —  ever so often  —  every since  —  evidence to  —  exact same  —  exception proves the rule  —  expresso

F
factoid  —  far be it for me  —  fastly  — fellow classmate  —   fiscal / physical  —  fit the bill  —  flesh out / flush out   —  floppy disk / hard disk  —  focus around  —  font / typeface  —  for all intensive purposes  —  fourty  —  fowl swoop  —  French dip with au jus  —  from the beginning of time  —  full proof / foolproof 

G
  grasping for straws  —  gray / grey  —  greatful  —  grill cheese  —  gut-rending/heart-wrenching 

H
had ought  —  hadn’t have  —  –  hairbrained  —  hand and hand  —  hangar / hanged / hung  —  hardly never  —  HIV virus  —  he don’t  —  heighth —  hence why  —  herbs / spices  —  hold your peace / say your piece 

I
idle / idol  —  if I was / if I were  —  immaculate conception / virgin birth  —  in route  —  in the fact that  —  ink pen  — insundry  —  Internet / intranet  —  interpretate  —  is, is

J
jack / plug  —  jerry-built / jury-rigged  —  John Henry  —  John Hopkins  — 

K
knots per hour  —  koala bear

L
LCD Display  —  land lover  —  laundry mat  —  listserv  —  “lite” spelling  —  little own  —  little to none 

M
maddening crowd  —  magic bullet / silver bullet  —  majorly  —  make pretend  —  marshmellow  —  mash potatoes  —  me either  —  meet up  —  mic  —  midrift  —  might could  —  might has well  —  might ought  —  mind of information  —  minus well  —  mixed-up media  —  money is no option  —  muchly  —  must of  —  mute point

N
neck in neck  —  ninty  —  nip it in the butt  — no sooner when  — no such a thing  —  not all that  —  not hardly

O
oggle  —  old-timer’s disease  —  old wise tale  —  on accident  —  on the same token  —  on tomorrow  —  once  —  once and a while  —  one in the same  —  one of the only  —  ongoingly  — owness

P
PC computer  —  paralyzation  —  pastorial  —  pen / pin  —  pigeon English  —  PIN number  —pinned up  —  pith and vinegar  — playwrite  —  please RSVP  —  point being is that  — pre-–  proof is in the pudding  —  prone  —  pronounciation

Q
quantum leap  —  the quick and the dead

R
RBIs  —  RPMs  —  reason because  —  redo it over  —  reeking havoc  —  refridgerator  —  reply back  —  report into  —  return back  —  revert back  —  road to hoe  —  rod iron, rot iron

S
safety deposit box  —  salsa sauce  —  same difference  —  samwich  —  second of all  —  sense of false hope   —  sergeant of arms  —  sherbert  —  shutter to think  —  sister-in-laws  —  slow gin  —  snuck  —  so fun  —  somewhat of a  —  soup du jour of the day  —  sowcow  —  spare of the moment  —  spicket  —  squoze  —  standalone  —  statue of limitations  stoled  —  summersault  —  surfing the Internet

T
tad bit  —  take a different tact  —  tattle-tail  —  tender hooks  thanks God  —  theirselves  —  these are them  —  these kind  —  these ones  —  think on  —  throws of passion  —  today’s day and  —  age   —  toe-headed  —  to home  —  to the manor born  —  today’s modern society  —  tooken / took   —  tongue and cheek  —  tow the line  —  trite and true  — 

U
UFO  —  under the guise that  —  urine analysis  —  use to  —  used to could

V
vague reference  —  veil of tears  —  verbage  —  very unique  —  vintage point  —  virii  —  volumptuous

W
walk the talk  —  want that . . . should  —  warmongerer  —  weather forecast calls for  —  Wensday  —  wet your appetite  —  wheelbarrel  —  whereabouts are  —  where it’s at  —  whim and a prayer  —  whip cream  —  who / whom  —  who’s / whose  —  a whole ’nother  —  whole-hardily  —  whose-ever  —  wile away  —  wonderkind  —  working progress  —  World Wide Web  —  worse comes to worse  —  would have  —  wrangle / wangle  —  wrapped / rapt  —  wreckless  —  write me

X
Xmas / Christmas

Y
ya’ll  —  year end and year out  —  ying and yang  —  yoke / yolk  —  you  —  you better  —  you can’t have your cake and eat it too  —  you know / know what I’m sayin’?  —  you was  —  your / you  —  your guys’s  —  yourself  —  your / you’re  —  youse  —  you’ve got another thing coming

Z
zeroscape  —  zero-sum gain  —  zoology

A special thanks to Paul Brians.

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