mistakenly vs. wrongly vs. erroneously

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jokaec

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Chinese - Hong Kong
She "mistakenly" or "wrongly" or "erroneously" set the clock alarm to 5 o'clock. The correct alarm time is 4:30.

Are they all correct? If so, which one is most common in colloquial English? Thank you!
 
  • dojibear

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    English - Northeast US
    I don't think "wrongly" is usable, though you can say she set the clock to the "wrong time".

    The other two look correct, and "mistakenly" is most common.

    Even more common is "by mistake": She set the clock alarm to 5 o'clock by mistake.
     
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