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    Hi,

    Which is appropriate and why?

    I have made a mistake.

    I have commited a mistake.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Make a mistake or Commit a mistake

    We can have

    We committed an error.
    We committed a crime.
    We made a mistake.


    I guess 'commit' does not collocate with 'mistake'.

    Edit. Why?
    Hmm... let me guess: 'commit' is something ...intentional, and 'mistake' usually happens accidentally??
    What do you think?
    Last edited by Offroad; 16-Sep-2009 at 01:30. Reason: Added possible explanation

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    Default Re: Make a mistake or Commit a mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    Which is appropriate and why?

    I have made a mistake.

    I have commited a mistake.

    Thanks
    The correct one is "make a mistake". The verb "commit" is usually reserved for something more serious, such as "commit a crime". Typical, yes, but it's the only one I can think of at the moment.


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    Default Re: Make a mistake or Commit a mistake

    Verb + mistake:

    make / repeat / learn from / pay for / discover / realize / acknowledge / admit (to) / correct / put right / rectify

    e.g. Donít make the same mistakes as I did.

    Mistake + verb:

    happen / occur

    e.g. Mistakes are bound to happen sometimes.

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    Default Re: Make a mistake or Commit a mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    Which is appropriate and why?

    I have made a mistake.

    I have commited a mistake.

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    You generally 'make' a mistake.
    You can 'commit' an error though.

    Why? <shrug>

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    Default Re: Make a mistake or Commit a mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You generally 'make' a mistake.
    You can 'commit' an error though.

    Why? <shrug>
    my guess:

    error ----> intentional
    mistake --> non-intentional


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    Default Re: Make a mistake or Commit a mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    my guess:

    error ----> intentional
    mistake --> non-intentional

    That's an interesting theory, but I doubt whether most errors are intentional.

    Here's another differentiation:
    In applied linguists, an "error" as it applies in "Error Analysis" is a mistake that learners make because they do not have the linguistic competence to know better. A "mistake" is an error they make when they do know the correct form, but are under pressure, or aren't concentrating.

    If I wrote "a understanding" or "What's it's meaning?", then I have made a "mistake", because I know that the correct forms are "an understanding" and "What's its meaning"

    If a ESL student wrote that, it would sometimes be impossible to know if it was an error or a mistake - ie. do they know it's wrong?

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