Error and mistake

Ju

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I found the following paragraph from the old thread regarding the differences between 'error' and 'mistake'.
Do you agree as I found some differences in other threads.

"In linguistics, in the sub-field of Second Language Acquisition, a mistake is made when the person knows the correct form but gets it wrong anyway; an error is made when the person does not know the correct form. (Corder, 1967)."
 
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I replied, deleted, and now I'm replying again.

Your understanding is correct. You have found a very fine distinction between these two words. Mostly, the two terms are synonymous.
 

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Mostly, the two terms are synonymous.
Note that the quote applies to the academic field of linguistics. Few people, if any, apply that distinction in everyday English.
 

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Performance error can also be used for mistake in your quote, and competence error for error.
 

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Performance error can also be used for mistake in your quote, and competence error for error.

Those seem much preferable to this non-linguist. A couple of extra syllables make it much easier for a non-specialist to remember their meaning.
 

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Performance error can also be used for mistake in your quote, and competence error for error.

Sorry, I don't understand your point here.
 

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Performance error can also be used for mistake in your quote, and competence error for error.

Sorry, I don't understand your point here.

In your original sentence, you can use "performance error" instead of "mistake", and you can use "competence error" instead of "error".
 
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