erroneous/wrong

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shannenms

Senior Member
Persian
Which one is correct:
It is erroneous to use this word.
It is wrong to use this word.

Thanks.
 
  • Tegs

    Mód ar líne
    English (Ireland)
    Both are correct, but "wrong" is a lot more common than "erroneous". You would generally not use "erroneous" in conversation, but it is fine in a written document.
     

    Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    I would feel comfortable writing: "He used the word erroneously."

    But I would not feel comfortable writing, "The word he was using was erroneous."

    Now I wonder why that is?

    Instead I would write: "He used the wrong word" or "The word he used was incorrect."
     

    Forero

    Senior Member
    Which one is correct:
    It is erroneous to use this word.
    It is wrong to use this word.

    Thanks.
    I don't think "erroneous" fits, because my interpretation of this sentence is:

    Anyone who would use this word is erroneous/wrong.

    Erroneous can refer to a word choice or to the usage of a word, but it would be odd to refer to a person or to the act of using a word as "erroneous".
     
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