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    slip up=mistake

    "I knew I was going to slip up on this question. It was a most difficult one."

    If I made a mistake, I would slip up on something? Does it always take the preposition "up"? Can I say slip on something?
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    Re: slip up=mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "I knew I was going to slip up on this question. It was a most difficult one."

    If I made a mistake, I would slip up on something? Does it always take the preposition "up"? Can I say slip on something?
    You could say that you made a slip (noun), or that you slipped up (phrasal verb).

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    Re: slip up=mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    You could say that you made a slip (noun), or that you slipped up (phrasal verb).
    So it's slip up on something or make a slip on something?

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    Re: slip up=mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    So it's slip up on something or make a slip on something?
    Any comments?

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    Re: slip up=mistake

    So it's slip up on something or make a slip on something?

    ostap.
    You can "slip up", "slip up on something", "slip up somewhere" or simply "make a slip". They are mostly interchangeable.
    Examples:
    "I knew I would slip up on something, and it turned out to be the algebra question".
    "I knew I would slip up somewhere, and sure enough I didn't leave time for the last page".
    "I knew I would slip up/make a slip, and sure enough I got question two wrong".
    And of course one can "make a slip of the tongue", a mistake of some sort (often revealing or embarrassing) while speaking.

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