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Unread Feb 6th, 2006, 05:54 pm
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Is it possible to say commit a mistake?

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Default Re: commit a mistake?

it's not technically wrong though it isn't used. we usually say:

"commit a crime"
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"make a mistake"

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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!
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I'm pretty sure that I've also heard "commit an error", but make a mistake is the norm.
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Oh, I just read TLR's comment...ulp...sorry. So, yeah, the main point here (must stay focused) is not to make a mistake.
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i think i've heard "commit an error" too but not a mistake...
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mmm... I don't like how it sounds... but I would understand what you mean... it's not grammatically correct but understandable...
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Default 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.'
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No
Make a mistake
Commit a crime
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I like your explanation mesmark! Very clear. I'll come to you next time I'm looking for a grammar rule!!
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I like your explanation mesmark! Very clear. I'll come to you next time I'm looking for a grammar rule!!
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I like your explanation mesmark! Very clear. I'll come to you next time I'm looking for a grammar rule!!
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Oh no !

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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