Is it more correct to say a computer program is erroring out, or it is erring out? Or are both statements grammatically incorrect?

  • Only the former makes sense to me. To err is human, after all. – Tyler James Young Oct 5 '13 at 4:37
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    Not a dup - the other is about errored this is about erroring – Mr_and_Mrs_D Mar 15 '15 at 11:35
  • Not a dup - the other questions are regarding technical messages in a program, this is conversational – Wayne Feb 19 '16 at 18:16


error (third-person singular simple present errors, present participle erroring, simple past and past participle errored)

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I would say that neither one is correct (from a programmer). You could say "... has an error and crashed ..." ("crashed" being the technical term for a program that suddenly stops or breaks down - except for airplane-related programs).

But that's American usage - British programmers may differ.

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    I'm an American programmer and I hear "error" used as a verb all the time, often in exactly OP's construction. – Tyler James Young Oct 5 '13 at 4:39
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    As an American Software Analyst I hear, and use, "erroring out" quite frequently when discussing certain types of crashes with end users. – Wayne Feb 19 '16 at 18:11

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