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Can I use both words 'by mistakenly' together? I feel that either I can put it as ' by mistake' or as' mistakenly' but not together.

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Your question is very basic; it might be a better fit for the English Language Learners Stack Exchange site. – tchrist Feb 26 '13 at 14:13
If you think you may have heard someone say this, my guess is you misheard them and they actually said "But, mistakenly, ..." – Mr Lister Feb 26 '13 at 17:51



He dropped it by mistake.


He mistakenly dropped Organic Chemistry.

The following would also be correct gramatically:

By mistakenly dropping the required class, he jeopardized his chance to graduate.

(However, this is awkward, since it leaves the sentence ambiguous. You could ask, "So if he dropped the class on purpose, he would be allowed to graduate?")

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Thanks for the info. My son's teacher (class 4) asked him to use these words together and there was no other way I could convince him that it is not a correct usage! – sohran Feb 26 '13 at 19:47

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