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Error should be followed by an #1 (permalink) Mon Feb 06, 2006 23:15 pm   Error should be followed by an
 

English Synonym, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #72 "Synonyms for mistake and error", question 1

It is a ......... to argue with your friends.

(a) error
(b) fault
(c) mistake
(d) slip

English Synonym, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #72 "Synonyms for mistake and error", answer 1

It is a mistake to argue with your friends.

Correct answer: (c) mistake
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Error vs. mistake #2 (permalink) Tue Feb 07, 2006 8:54 am   Error vs. mistake
 

Dear learner,
That's right, the article before "error" should be an. What is more, "error" is usually used in a more formal situation or for example, when you type a wrong letter in a word/ sentence/ text, etc.
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Error should be followed by an #3 (permalink) Sat Apr 19, 2008 14:01 pm   Error should be followed by an
 

But why isn't it B
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Error should be followed by an #4 (permalink) Sat Apr 19, 2008 16:05 pm   Error should be followed by an
 

You can read the explanation of them from http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=391025 or http://www.english-test.net/forum/ftopic22581.html
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Error should be followed by an #5 (permalink) Sat Apr 19, 2008 16:07 pm   Error should be followed by an
 

and http://www.english-test.net/forum/ftopic8796.html also
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Error should be followed by an #6 (permalink) Fri May 28, 2010 8:44 am   Error should be followed by an
 

Hm.. actually I think "fault" is also an acceptable choice , which indicates another kind of emotional significance. Using mistake here means although the behavior is not proper , it is somewhat forgivable and we just need prevent it from happening in the future ; using "fault" imposes a severe tone that the behavior is even unforgivable and should be awkwardly scorned... I don't know if my statement is somewhat sensible ... Please advise me
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Error should be followed by an #7 (permalink) Fri May 28, 2010 17:51 pm   Error should be followed by an
 

I disagree that 'fault' is acceptable here.

The only way it could be used would be if the greater context were something like:

"People have many faults. Some people argue with their friends. This is a fault within their personality."
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