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monica guiselini Feb 6th, 2006 05:54 pm

commit a mistake?
 
Is it possible to say commit a mistake?

Thanks for your help.

Mônica

Eric Feb 6th, 2006 11:18 pm

Re: commit a mistake?
 
it's not technically wrong though it isn't used. we usually say:

"commit a crime"
and
"make a mistake"

eric

TLR Feb 12th, 2006 05:47 pm

Re: commit a mistake?
 
In novels and magazine articles you might see "commit" used with "error", for example "he committed a grave error" but that's really for dramatic effect!

mrcards Mar 21st, 2006 08:06 am

Re: commit a mistake?
 
I'm pretty sure that I've also heard "commit an error", but make a mistake is the norm. :)

mrcards Mar 21st, 2006 08:07 am

Re: commit a mistake?
 
Oh, I just read TLR's comment...ulp...sorry. So, yeah, the main point here (must stay focused) is not to make a mistake. :lol:

Eric Mar 21st, 2006 08:08 am

Re: commit a mistake?
 
i think i've heard "commit an error" too but not a mistake...

nataliaig Apr 22nd, 2006 08:02 am

Re: commit a mistake?
 
mmm... I don't like how it sounds... but I would understand what you mean... it's not grammatically correct but understandable...
Natalia. ;)

mesmark Apr 24th, 2006 11:29 pm

Re: commit a mistake?
 
I'm going to take a stab at it.

'commit' has the feeling of an offense, harm, or damage done. It also seems wittingly done. Thus, we use it with crime, murder, an offense...

A mistake is generally an accident or and done without malicious intent, generally unwittingly. So, it doesn't go well with commit.

'error' plays both sides of the fense. It can be used for both deliberate and unintentional actions and effects. So, we can use 'commit' with 'error' as well as 'make.'

NYUKSEL Jun 17th, 2006 04:08 am

Re: commit a mistake?
 
No
Make a mistake
Commit a crime
Reagards
NY:)

TLR Jun 17th, 2006 10:56 am

Re: commit a mistake?
 
I like your explanation mesmark! Very clear. I'll come to you next time I'm looking for a grammar rule!!
Cheers!
TLR

TLR Jun 17th, 2006 10:56 am

Re: commit a mistake?
 
I like your explanation mesmark! Very clear. I'll come to you next time I'm looking for a grammar rule!!
Cheers!
TLR

mesmark Jun 20th, 2006 10:48 pm

Re: commit a mistake?
 
Quote:

Quote TLR
I like your explanation mesmark! Very clear. I'll come to you next time I'm looking for a grammar rule!!
Cheers!
TLR

Oh no :eek: !

It's all fun and games wen you know the answer or can figure it out. It's really frustrating at other times.


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