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Hi there,

From what I understand a "slip-up" is the same as a "mistake", is that right?

So, the same way I can use the verb "to make", example: Oops, I made a big mistake in this essay, can I say: "Oops, I made a big "slip-up" in this essay"?

Can I also say, "That's just a minor slip-up, don't worry!", and "I slipped up, sorry. I shouldn't have told her your secret. Sorry, for not keeping my lips sealed"?

 

Any further explanation is more than welcome.

Thanks a million!

Cheers

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@JessyA posted:

From what I understand a "slip-up" is the same as a "mistake", is that right?

Hello, JessyA—Yes, a slip-up is a mistake. Normally "slip up" is a phrasal verb. "Slip-up" is the noun related to the phrasal verb.

@JessyA posted:
So, the same way I can use the verb "to make", example: Oops, I made a big mistake in this essay, can I say: "Oops, I made a big "slip-up" in this essay"?

Yes, you can say that, but don't put "slip-up" in quotation marks. It would be more normal to use the phrasal verb: "I slipped up big-time in this essay."

@JessyA posted:
Can I also say, "That's just a minor slip-up, don't worry!", and "I slipped up, sorry. I shouldn't have told her your secret. Sorry, for not keeping my lips sealed"?

Yes, those sentences are fine.

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