Every language has its nuances, but English is particularly full of challenging constructions, phrasal verbs, and idiomatic expressions. For someone that’s not a native speaker, or sometimes just from another region, it can feel impossible to grasp what is being said or to use the phrases and constructions correctly.


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Native speakers themselves, however, are not exempt from making mistakes! This list of twenty commonly misused phrases was compiled by Kaylin Pound at Elite Daily. They are seen and heard on an almost daily basis, but you won’t make any friends going around correcting people with your new-found knowledge. Rather, use this list to educate yourself and use the phrases correctly.

(h/t: demilked, elitedaily)

#1 I Couldn’t Care Less

I Couldn’t Care Less

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LucyCamus 1 year ago

This is really only an American problem. Everyone in Australia, NZ, and Britain say it correctly.

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#2 Scot-free

Scot-free

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AmberRavenscroft 1 year ago

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Oh come off it, who says Any of these wrong?! I've never heard anybody say the wrong ones

#3 Statute Of Limitations

Statute Of Limitations

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AmberRavenscroft 1 year ago

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Nobody says these wrong- I've never heard Anybody say the wrong ones

#4 For All Intents And Purposes

For All Intents And Purposes

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MicheleCollins 1 year ago

Surely it's TO all intents and purposes???

#5 One And The Same

One And The Same

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DanielHernández 1 year ago

Lol i'm not english and i didn't know many of the expressions in this post but i can't belive that there are persons saying that.

#6 Nip It In The Bud

Nip It In The Bud

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AmberRavenscroft 1 year ago

Who are you kidding?! Nobody says the wrong one!

#7 Scapegoat

Scapegoat

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Ankybear101 1 year ago

I do however like Escape Goat

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#8 It’s A Dog-eat-dog World

It’s A Dog-eat-dog World

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Bluecat 7 months ago

I haven't herd anyone say this wrong

#9 Regardless

Regardless

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JewelBishop 1 year ago

Irregardless is a bonafide word even though it may cause some to clench their jaw when they hear it.

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#10 Tongue-in-cheek

Tongue-in-cheek

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SierraSernau 1 year ago

I've heard tongue-in-check as well

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#11 Moot Point

Moot Point

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#12 Wreak Havoc

Wreak Havoc

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