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    On accident vs by accident

    A question came up about this usage on another forum. I would like to hear what my colleagues from different countries have to say about these two phrases.

    Thanks.

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    Re: On accident vs by accident

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    A question came up about this usage on another forum. I would like to hear what my colleagues from different countries have to say about these two phrases.

    Thanks.
    In BrE, I have never heard "on accident". We use "accidentally" or "by accident".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: On accident vs by accident

    We use "by accident" in Canada.

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    Re: On accident vs by accident

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: On accident vs by accident

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    Yes, I've already seen that. The first time this came up on the dictionary forum, there was little out there about "on accident". Now there are many web pages dealing with it. It appears to be growing in the under 30 set. I don't think I have ever heard it, but I am way over 30.

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    Re: On accident vs by accident

    I've never heard of "on accident" and I would advise learners on this site to use "by accident" (and not only because I haven't heard of the other weird phrase). If, on accident, you fall into a group that uses "on accident" that's the time to consider it.

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    Re: On accident vs by accident

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Yes, I've already seen that. The first time this came up on the dictionary forum, there was little out there about "on accident". Now there are many web pages dealing with it. It appears to be growing in the under 30 set. I don't think I have ever heard it, but I am way over 30.
    I am afraid I am showing my age then as a by-accidenter.

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    Re: On accident vs by accident

    I cringe when I hear "on accident."

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    Re: On accident vs by accident

    Thanks to all of you. I am surprised that "on accident" has gained traction. I am with those of you who would teach the other version.

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    Re: On accident vs by accident

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Thanks to all of you. I am surprised that "on accident" has gained traction. I am with those of you who would teach the other version.
    I think it's people who think that since it is "on purpose," therefore it must be "on accident."

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