The waitress gave them pizza mistakingly / mistakenly

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Could I use the following sentence to describe a situation which the waitress gave customers pizza but actually they ordered something else? Thank you.

The waitress gave them pizza mistakingly.
  • JamesM

    Senior Member
    "mistakenly." Otherwise, it's perfectly understandable. For me, the word order is better as:

    "The waitress mistakenly gave them pizza."

    It isn't wrong the other way but I think it is clearer if "mistakenly" is close to "gave" since it is modifying "gave".


    Senior Member
    English UK
    You could also say "the waitress gave them pizza by mistake".

    "By mistake" sounds less formal than "mistakenly":)


    Senior Member
    Canada - English & French
    As JamesM said... mistakenly gave them pizza.

    Or you could say, gave them pizza by mistake.

    I see a dearth of usage of "mistakingly", so much so that I'd actually ask if it was a word prior to using it myself.
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