An accident vs. accidentally

jokaec

Senior Member
Chinese - Hong Kong
John: Peter, did you call me a moment ago?
Peter: Sorry, "it's an accident" or "I called you accidentally".

Are they both correct and the same? If so, which is better in this situation? Thank you.
 
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    I would say "I called your number by accident" or "I called your number accidentally".

    This makes it clear you didn't call (attempt to reach) John. You just dialed his number mistakenly.
     
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