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    "fault" vs "mistake"

    Hi,

    What's the difference between "fault" & "mistake"?
    Why do we say: "Susan didn't make a mistake anyway." but not "Susan didn't make a fault anyway."?

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    Cool Re: "fault" vs "mistake"

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    Hi,

    What's the difference between "fault" & "mistake"?
    Why do we say: "Susan didn't make a mistake anyway." but not "Susan didn't make a fault anyway."?
    Fault is responsibility for a mistake. You make a mistake and it is your fault meaning you are to blame. .

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    Re: "fault" vs "mistake"

    mistake (n) = an error or fault resulting from defective judgment, deficient knowledge, or carelessness.

    fault n.


      1. A character weakness, especially a minor one.
      2. Something that impairs or detracts from physical perfection; a defect. See synonyms at blemish.
      3. A mistake; an error.
      4. A minor offense or misdeed.

    1. Responsibility for a mistake or an offense; culpability. See synonyms at blame..

    Fault, 1. Blemish, defect, deficiency, failing, flaw, imperfection,inaccuracy, indiscretion, negligence, omission, shortcoming, weakness. 2. Blunder, error, lapse, misdeed, mistake, offence, sin, slip, slip-up, wrong. 3. accountability, culpability, liability, responsibility.

    Imperfection and fault apply more comprehensively to any deficiency or shortcoming: “A true critic ought to dwell rather upon excellencies than imperfections” . “Each of us would point out to the other her most serious faults, and thereby help her to remedy them”

    Use fault to mean something that is wrong with a machine or system, or something that you could criticize about a person or thing • The car engine had developed a fault. • The book's only fault is that it is too long.

    Use mistake to mean something that is wrong in someone's grammar, spelling, calculations, decisions etc • Please correct any mistakes (NOT faults) in my letter

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    Re: "fault" vs "mistake"

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    Fault is responsibility for a mistake. You make a mistake and it is your fault meaning you are to blame. .
    As an NES, I agree, completely - simple, directly relevent and appropriate to the question asked.

    Regards
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