Common Errors in English

This section lists hundreds of common errors in the English language with detailed descriptions and explanations. We published this database to be used as an educational resource, and to exemplify ErrNET’s capabilities.

Beau vs Bow Mustard vs Mustered Muscle vs Mussel Mucous vs Mucus Morning vs Mourning Moose vs Mousse Mood vs Mooed Moan vs Mown Missed vs Mist Miner vs Minor Mind vs Mined Medal vs Meddle vs Metal vs Mettle Meat vs Meet vs Mete Marshal vs Marshall vs Martial Marry vs Merry Marquee vs Marquis Mantel vs Mantle Manner vs Manor Mall vs Maul Maize vs Maze Main vs Maine vs Mane Mail vs Male Mach vs Mock Loose vs Lose Lochs vs Locks vs Lox Loath vs Loathe Loaner vs Loner Loan vs Lone Load vs Lode Links vs Lynx Lightening vs Lightning Lie vs Lye Lessen vs Lesson Leased vs Least Lean vs Lien Leak vs Leek Lead vs Led Leach vs Leech Lama vs Llama Lam vs Lamb Lain vs Lane Lager vs Logger Ladder vs Latter Lacks vs Lax Knows vs Nose Know vs No Knot vs Not Knight vs Night Knew vs New Knead vs Kneed vs Need Jewel vs Joule Jam vs Jamb It’s vs Its Incite vs Insight In vs Inn Idle vs Idol vs Idyll Hummus vs Humus Hour vs Our Hostel vs Hostile Holy vs Wholly Hole vs Whole Hoes vs Hose Ho vs Hoe Hoarse vs Horse Hoard vs Horde Hippie vs Hippy Him vs Hymn Higher vs Hire Hi vs High Hew vs Hue Heroin vs Heroine Herds vs Hurds Heard vs Herd Hear vs Here Heal vs Heel Hay vs Hey Hawk vs Hock Haute vs Oat Hardy vs Hearty Hanged vs Hung Hangar vs Hanger Halve vs Have Hair vs Hare Hail vs Hale Guise vs Guys Guessed vs Guest Groan vs Grown Grisly vs Grizzly Grill vs Grille Grater vs Greater Grate vs Great Graft vs Graphed Gorilla vs Guerrilla Gored vs Gourd Gilt vs Guilt Gait vs Gate Gaff vs Gaffe Frees vs Freeze vs Frieze Foul vs Fowl Forth vs Fourth Fort vs Forte Formally vs Formerly Foreword vs Forward For vs Fore vs Four Flour vs Flower Floe vs Flow Flew vs Flu vs Flue Flea vs Flee Flack vs Flak Flair vs Flare Fir vs Fur Find vs Fined Fiancé vs Fiancée Feted vs Fetid Feat vs Feet Faze vs Phase Faux vs Foe Faun vs Fawn Farther vs Further Fairy vs Ferry Fair vs Fare Faint vs Feint Facts vs Fax Cymbal vs Symbol Costumer vs Customer Curser vs Cursor Currant vs Current Cue vs Queue Crews vs Cruise Creak vs Creek Coward vs Cowered Council vs Counsel Could have vs Could of Cosign vs Cosine Corps vs Corpse Core vs Corps Coop vs Coupe Confidant vs Confident Complementary vs Complimentary Complement vs Compliment Coma vs Comma Colonel vs Kernel Colombia vs Columbia Collage vs College Coliseum vs Colosseum Coiffeur vs Coiffure Coarse vs Course Coal vs Cole Close vs Clothes vs Cloze Click vs Clique vs Klick Clench vs Clinch Clause vs Claws Cite vs Sight vs Site Chute vs Shoot Chord vs Cord vs Cored Chorale vs Corral Choral vs Coral Chile vs Chili vs Chilly Check vs Czech Cereal vs Serial Cents vs Sense Cent vs Scent vs Sent Censer vs Censor vs Sensor Cell vs Sell Cede vs Seed Cease vs Seize Cay vs Key vs Quay Caulk vs Cock Catchup vs Catsup vs Ketchup Cast vs Caste Carousal vs Carousel Carat vs Caret vs Carrot vs Karat Caramel vs Carmel Capital vs Capitol Canvas vs Canvass Canon vs Cannon Calvary vs Cavalry Calendar vs Colander Calendar vs Calender Cache vs Cash Buy vs By vs Bye But vs Butt Build off of vs Build on Brows vs Browse Broach vs Brooch Bridal vs Bridle Brewed vs Brood Breath vs Breathe Bread vs Bred Breach vs Breech Brake vs Break Bouillon vs Bullion Bored of vs Bored with Bolder vs Boulder Boarder vs Border Board vs Bored Boar vs Bore Bloc vs Block Bite vs Byte Berth vs Birth Bell vs Belle Beckon Call vs Beck and Call Beat vs Beet Beach vs Beech Bazaar vs Bizarre Based around vs Based off vs Based on Based vs Baste Base vs Bass Bare vs Bear Barb wire vs Barbed wire Bar vs Barre Band vs Banned Ball vs Bawl Bald vs Bawled Backward vs Backwards Back yard vs Backyard Back seat vs Backseat Aural vs Oral Assure vs Ensure vs Insure Ascent vs Assent Arc vs Ark Ant vs Aunt Alumni vs Alumnus Altar vs Alter Allusion vs Illusion Allude vs Elude vs Illude Allowed vs Aloud Allot vs A Lot All Ready vs Already All vs Awl Aisle vs Isle Air vs Err vs Heir Ail vs Ale Aid vs Aide Afterward vs Afterword Afterall vs After All Affect vs Effect Aesthetic vs Ascetic Adviser vs Advisor Advice vs Advise Adverse vs Averse Ad Nauseam vs Ad Nausea Ad vs Add Accuracy vs Precision Accidently vs Accidentally Accept vs Except Accede vs Exceed Able to A la vs Ala A vs An Exercise vs Exorcise Excited vs Exited Exalted vs Exulted Exalt vs Exult Every day vs Everyday Err vs Error Epic vs Epoch Envelop vs Envelope Enquire vs Inquire Emanate vs Eminent Emigration vs Immigration Emigrate vs Immigrate Elicit vs Illicit Eave vs Eve Dynamic vs Dynamics Dyeing vs Dying Dully vs Duly Dual vs Duel Drier vs Dryer Douse vs Dowse Don vs Dawn Dominant vs Dominate Does vs Doze Discussed vs Disgust Discreet vs Discrete Disc vs Disk Disburse vs Disperse Disassemble vs Dissemble Dike vs Dyke Die vs Dye Dew vs Do vs Doo vs Due Device vs Devise Desert vs Dessert Depreciate vs Deprecate Depravation vs Deprivation Defuse vs Diffuse Definitely vs Defiantly Decent vs Descent vs Dissent Dear vs Deer Days vs Daze Dammed vs Damned Dam vs Damn Dairy vs Diary Mode vs Mowed Made vs Maid None vs Nun Naval vs Navel Overdo vs Overdue One vs Won Outcast vs Outcaste Oar vs Or vs Ore Bail vs Bale Backup vs Back up Absorb vs Adsorb