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.

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)

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I Couldn’t Care Less

I Couldn’t Care Less

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LucyCamus
Community Member
5 years 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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Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
1 month ago

This this again is American, certainly not British

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#3

Statute Of Limitations

Statute Of Limitations

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AmberRavenscroft
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5 years 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
Community Member
5 years ago

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

#5

One And The Same

One And The Same

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Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
1 month ago

These must all be American mispronunciations I think

#6

Nip It In The Bud

Nip It In The Bud

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AmberRavenscroft
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5 years ago

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

#7

Scapegoat

Scapegoat

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Ankybear101
Community Member
5 years 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
Community Member
5 years ago

I haven't herd anyone say this wrong

#9

Regardless

Regardless

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JewelBishop
Community Member
5 years ago

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

#10

Tongue-in-cheek

Tongue-in-cheek

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SierraSernau
Community Member
5 years 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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#13

Fall By The Wayside

Fall By The Wayside

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#14

Don’t Take It For Granted

Don’t Take It For Granted

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TaylorHolmberg
Community Member
5 years ago

Who in the world has ever said the incorrect one?

#15

Beck And Call

Beck And Call

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#16

Give Someone Free Rein

Give Someone Free Rein

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DarrylKanouse
Community Member
5 years ago

Isn't this more of a spelling thing? I think both versions would be pronounced the same.

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#17

On Tenterhooks

On Tenterhooks

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CrackrJax
Community Member
5 years ago

I've never heard this, what does this mean?

#18

Hunger Pangs

Hunger Pangs

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SapphireDolphin10
Community Member
4 years ago

Both work

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#19

Giving Leeway

Giving Leeway

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#20

Exact Revenge

Exact Revenge

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CrackrJax
Community Member
5 years ago

Extract, hahaha. Well now that's just silly.

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