Part 4 of the Common English Phrases series is in! Here, we show five more phrases/words that are commonly mispronounced and incorrectly said. As previously mentioned, this could be caused by auditory differentiation mistakes-meaning that our brains perceive sounds differently than our ears. No need to guess what is right anymore, you can now feel confident when you use these Common English Phrases!


Common English Phrases

1. Brother in laws vs. Brothers in law

  • The right way: Brothers/Sisters in law
  • Meaning: How you are related to the siblings of your husband/wife. What makes ‘brothers in law’ correct is that you want to pluralize the noun ‘brothers’, not ‘law’, to describe how many siblings there are.
  • Sentence: The brothers in law persuaded their sister’s husband to go on a hunting trip.

Common English Phrases

2. Conversating vs. Conversing

  • The right way: Conversing
  • Meaning: Another way of saying ‘talking’. People mistakenly use the word ‘conversating’ rather than ‘conversing’ because they believe they can drop the –ion in ‘conversation’ and add an –ing instead.
  • Sentence: The doctor was conversing with the nurse before the operation.



3. Phase vs. Faze

  • The right way: Faze
  • Meaning: To disrupt. Due to the fact that ‘phase’ (period of time) and ‘faze’ are pronounced the same way, there seems to be a lot of confusion when identifying the right word. 
  • Sentence: The runner was unfazed by the heat during the marathon.

Common English Phrases

4. Curl up in the feeble position vs. Curl up in the fetal position

  • The right way: Curl up in the fetal position
  • Meaning: To replicate the position a fetus is in in the womb; usually done when one is afraid.
  • Sentence: The man curled up in the fetal position when the bear approached him

5. Scotch free vs. Scott free vs. Scot free

  • The right way: Scott free
  • Meaning: Getting away with something/no punishment
  • Sentence: Good luck getting away scott free from your parents.


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