Common Errors in English

Mixed-up, mangled expres­sions; for­eign-lan­guage faux pas; con­fused and con­fus­ing terms; com­monly mis­pro­nounced words – they’re all explained in Com­mon Errors in Eng­lish by Paul Bri­ans.

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.

It’s avail­able on Amazon, but when it’s avail­able free online and is updated reg­u­larly, why buy? The sup­ple­ment­ary pages are also worth a look (non-errors, more errors, and com­monly mis­spelled words).