Free online book: Common errors in English


There is a pretty handy site to look for those common errors in English. The list is pretty intensive with a bit of description. So is the author’s definition of an error in English?

The concept of language errors is a fuzzy one. I’ll 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 site is to help you avoid low grades, lost employment opportunities, lost business, and titters of amusement at the way you write or speak

And I will take the words start with ‘b’ for an example of the list:

backslash/slash * backward/backwards * barb wire, bob wire * bare/bear * basicly * bazaar/bizarre * beaurocracy * beckon call * begs the question * behaviors * bemuse * beside/besides * better * between * between you and I * beyond the pail * bias/biased * bible * biweekly/semiweekly * blatant * bonafied * born out of * borrow/loan * both/each * boughten * bourgeois * bouyant * brand names * brang, brung * breach/breech * breath/breathe * bring/take * build off of * bumrush * butt naked * by/’bye/buy *

Common Errors in English – [Paul Brians]

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