Common English mistakes and mix-ups: wrong vs wrongly


These words are both adverbs, but ‘wrong’ can be used informally instead of ‘wrongly’ after a verb. For example: “If I hear the word ‘wrongly’ after a verb it sounds wrong to me.” It m

ight only be a matter of time before ‘wrong’ puts ‘wrongly’ out of a job! As an American I almost never use ‘wrongly’ (this doesn’t mean it is wrong, just not a common idiomatic use). However, here is one case in which people still use ‘wrongly’ frequently:

If you want to use the adverb in front of the verb instead of after, you should use “wrongly” and not ‘wrong” (just like the word ‘wrongfully’)

For example:
She was wrongly accused of stealing the pie.

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