Common English Errors
People who are learning English as a second or foreign language might find this list of common errors in English helpful.
It’s actually designed for native English speakers … the errors are fairly frequent … but it will likely also be helpful to those who are just learning the language and want to avoid common mistakes.
- Anecdote and antidote
A humorist relates “anecdotes.” The doctor prescribes “antidotes” for children who have swallowed poison. Laughter may be the best medicine, but that’s no reason to confuse these two with each other.
- Coarse and course
“Coarse” is always an adjective meaning “rough, crude.” Unfortunately, this spelling is often mistakenly used for a quite different word, “course,” which can be either a verb or a noun (with several different meanings).
Take a look if you’re interested … there are probably over 1000 common errors there.