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    Mistakenly, mistakingly

    Which is correct?

    The department store mistakenly, mistakingly mailed the gift to me instead of the bride.

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    Re: Mistakenly, mistakingly

    Only 'mistakenly' is correct.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: Mistakenly, mistakingly

    D45ist, forget about 'mistakingly'. It's so rarely used that most people will think it's a mistake. (Click)

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    Re: Mistakenly, mistakingly

    Quote Originally Posted by D45ist View Post
    Which is correct?

    The department store mistakenly/mistakingly mailed the gift to me instead of the bride.
    See above. If you're giving us a choice between two words, put a slash mark between them, not a comma.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Mistakenly, mistakingly

    Can you explain why mistakingly is incorrect? Is it primarily because it's outdated?

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    Re: Mistakenly, mistakingly

    Because no one is using it.

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    Re: Mistakenly, mistakingly

    So, it's not incorrect. It's just out of favor?

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    Re: Mistakenly, mistakingly

    It's so out of use/out of favour that when I read your post, I was going to reply saying "Mistakingly isn't a real word". I was surprised to see Rover's Ngram result though I wasn't surprised to see that it doesn't appear to have been used since 1900.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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