mistake collocations

mistake collocations


learn mistake

Making mistakes is an important part of learning a language. If you don’t make mistakes, you don’t learn mistake.

make mistake

I think if you can admit that you’ve made a mistake, it is a sign of strength, not weakness.

realis mistake

When I go home, I found out that I had been calling my friend’s father by the wrong name. I felt such a fool when I realized my mistake.

repeat mistake

Like many people, I find it difficult to avoid repeating past mistakes. Why do we make the same mistakes over and over again?

correct mistake

Read through your work carefully and correct any mistakes that you find.

point out mistake

If you point some people’s mistakes to them, they get very defensive. I don’t know why!

common mistake

The most common mistake people make is to water their plants too much.

understandable mistake

It was a perfectly understandable mistake to make. I assumed Jane and Morgan were married, too!

fatal mistake

The skaters made the fetal mistake of assuming that the ice was thick enough to take their weight. Unfortunately, there was a thaw on. The ice gave way and they drowned.

stupid mistake

I should have scored 100% in the examination, but I made one stupid mistake.

occasional mistake

I can accept that anybody makes the occasional mistake. We all do, but if it becomes a habit then you’re in trouble.

costly mistake

Going to the football match when he should have been at work proved to be a very costly mistake for Jeff. He was sacked.

dreadful mistake

When he removed the wrong kidney from the patient, the surgeon made a dreadful mistake.

genuine mistake

I’m sorry, sir, but a genuine mistake has been made. We will do our best to find you a double room immediately.


He thought I was the secretary and not the manager because I was a woman, but he apologizes profusely for his mistake when I introduced myself. You should have seen his face!

Nobody should have to take the blame for other people’s mistakes.

It’s always a good idea to check over your work for mistakes before you hand it in.

Five hundred pounds has gone missing from my bank account, but the bank refuses to accept responsibility for the mistake.



  • Note these expressions:

Marrying you was the biggest mistake of my life!

His work is always full of spelling mistakes.

  • Note the useful expression ‘It’s a mistake to think that …’:

It’s a mistake to think that violence will solve this issue.

  • ‘By mistake’ means accidentally:

Someone must have left the window open by mistake.

  • Note these expressions with ‘make a mistake’:

I made the mistake of inviting him to the party.

I won’t make the same mistake again.

Don’t worry. It’s an easy mistake to make.

If you make a mistake, just cross it out.

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