Faults or Mistakes

Vocabulary | Confusables


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If you have ever made a mistake or feel that you have faults, then this lesson is for you. You will learn how to use the words, blunder, error, failing, fault, faux pas, flaw, guilty, mistake, to blame, and weakness, without making any mistakes when you do so.

Faults and mistakes ​are not​ the same thing. | A ​fault​ is something inherent to a person or to a thing. It can also be used to say who was the ​cause​ of something. | A ​mistake​ is something that a person makes. | In this lesson we will look at some synonyms of faults and mistakes and see how to use them correctly. | My greatest ​fault​ is my perfectionism. | The government's ​failings​ are all too apparent when you look at the latest unemployment figures. | I made a ​mistake​ and I’m sorry. | He was found ​guilty​ by the court and sentenced to 5 years in prison. | I committed a ​faux pas​ on the phone to my son yesterday. I told him that his wife’s family were a bunch of idiots. He told me he was at their home and we were on speaker-phone. | Your ​mistake​ cost the lives of over twenty people. I’d say it was a bit more than a ​blunder​. | I’ve found a serious ​error​ in your calculations, I’m afraid. | She had a number of ​flaws​, but her addiction to shoes was probably her biggest one. | Her ​weakness​ is and always was chocolate. | I know that I’m to ​blame​ and I’ll pay for the damage. | They are all trying to ​blame​ me because, unlike them, I conquered my paranoia. | She's not at ​fault​. I am. | If I have any ​faults​, it's that I hate making ​mistakes​. 

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