Common Errors in English Usage

Mixed-up, mangled expressions; foreign-language faux pas; confused and confusing terms; commonly mispronounced words–they’re all explained in this useful guide dedicated to common errors in usage. The author, Paul Brians, is Professor Emeritus of English at Washington State University. His website has been recommended by BBC Online, Writer’s Digest, Yahoo, USA Today,, the Seattle Times, and many other periodicals and publications. Brians says, “You have the right to express yourself in any manner you please, but if you wish to communicate effectively, you should use nonstandard English only when you intend to, rather than fall into it because you don’t know any better. 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.”

Common Errors in English Usage is available in three formats: paperback, Kindle, and online. You can also read an entry a day on the Common Errors in English Facebook page.

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