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    #1

    in error

    Are these sentence correct?

    (1) Please tell Mr. Smith that the fax was sent to him in error yesterday.

    (2) Please tell Mr. Smith that the fax was sent to him by mistake yesterday.

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    Re: in error

    Try this:
    Please tell Mr. Smith that the fax he received yesterday was sent to him in error.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: in error

    Your sentences are correct, Thomas, but Barb's is better.

    'In error' and 'by mistake' mean the same.

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