Did I accidentally do something?

accidentally or accidentally?

Does it actually mean “by mistake” or “by mistake” and how can we possibly derive the word? Many people find it very difficult to spell “accidentally” or “accidentally” correctly, and the phrase is one of the most common spelling mistakes in our language. But which spelling is correct now?

If we ask the search engine Google, it becomes obvious that the spelling is apparently not that clear, because we find numerous entries for both variants on very different pages, such as forums, blogs and established portals.

For fast readers: The correct form is "by mistake", Whereby the summation is completely excluded in this case. If that's enough for you, we wish you a pleasant day. We would like to explain to all other readers why this is the case with these words.

Accidentally sounds right, but it's wrong

As already shown in the small info box, the correct spelling for this word combination is not “by mistake”, but “by mistake”. We find the problem on a phonetic level, since most speakers combine the individual words while speaking. We can observe a similar phenomenon with the spelling of “still”.

The word “accidentally” does not exist, because with the preposition “from” we only emphasize that we are doing an action out of something. If we think, for example, of the possible combination with other nouns, it becomes clear what is meant.

It would not occur to anyone to write “ausnot” or “ausnot”, but it is the same with “accidentally”. Sometimes someone acts “out of fear” or “out of need”, but we cannot form a separate word from it.

So we're doing something by mistakewhat is to be understood as a noun in this case; so the mistake. But this also means that any lower case is forbidden by mistake. Even if we split correctly “accidentally”, the noun is capitalized.

Importance of by mistake

The word `` oversight '' means, in a general sense, error, mistake and that something was done wrong out of carelessness. In contrast, we would act “on purpose,” that is, do something intentionally.

However, the pronunciation of "by mistake" suggests an aggregation, since it comes to a connection on the phonetic level, to "by mistake".
  • Often the words are contracted while speaking and cannot be distinguished from one another audibly. So we often speak “by mistake” even when we say “by mistake”.
  • In addition, when “accidentally” the syllables are often emphasized incorrectly (→ meter), which also gives room to the assumption that it is really written that way.
  • We therefore find the problem on a phonetic level and not in the spelling itself.

Other problems with "accidentally"

However, there is another way to explain the error. We find this in the prefix “from”, which is known to us from other contexts.

If we think, for example, of the verbs “exploit”, “help out” or “muck out”, the prefix introduces a similar linguistic context. All verbs mean an action that “takes something out” in a figurative sense.

When we exploit a person, we take something away from him, whoever helps out, helps out of a situation and when mucking out the manure is to a certain extent removed and yet these constructions are of a different nature, since they are in combination with a verb.

“Accidentally”, however, refers to the noun “accidentally” and not to the verb “to provide”, which means that we are endowing something. For example, we can provide the chandelier with new candles, but not "accidentally."

Accidentally write “accidentally” together

However, there is a very nice memo that can help to get the problem under control and to memorize the correct spelling.

After all, such donkey bridges are sometimes quite useful in order to be able to deduce linguistic things. On the one hand, we can of course remember that when we say “by mistake” we are referring to the noun “by mistake” and not to the verb. That would make no sense at all.

On the other hand, the saying "I have ,By mistake'Accidentally written together!“Help to memorize the construction and to avoid the error as far as possible.