Common mistake do over (do-over)

Common Mistake: Misusing the Phrase "Do Over"

Have you ever heard someone say, "I need a do over"? You may be familiar with this phrase, but did you know that it is often used incorrectly? In this article, we will discuss the common mistake people make and how to use the phrase correctly.

What Does "Do Over" Mean?

"Do over" is an idiomatic phrase that means to redo something or to start again. It can be used in various contexts, such as when you want to have another chance at performing a task or fixing a mistake. For example, if you make a mistake while painting a picture, you may say, "I need a do over" to express your desire to start the painting from scratch.

The Common Mistake

The mistake that people often make is spelling and punctuating the phrase incorrectly. Many people write it as "doover" or "do-over" without a hyphen. However, according to correct grammar rules, it should always be spelled with a hyphen as "do over." The hyphen is essential to indicate that it is a phrasal noun and not just two separate words.


  • Incorrect: I made a mistake, I need a doover.
  • Incorrect: Let's start again with a do-over.
  • Correct: I made a mistake, I need a do over.
  • Correct: Let's start again with a do over.

Using "Do Over" in the Plural Form

When referring to multiple instances of starting over or redoing something, the phrase "do over" still follows the same rule of using a hyphen. The correct plural form is "do-overs" with a hyphen between "do" and "overs".


  • Incorrect: I have so many doovers to handle.
  • Incorrect: We need to schedule several do overs for next week.
  • Correct: I have so many do-overs to handle.
  • Correct: We need to schedule several do-overs for next week.

So remember, when you need to express the desire to start again or redo something, use the phrase "do over" and always include the hyphen. It's a small detail, but it can make a big difference in your writing accuracy.

By the way, if you want to avoid making this mistake and other grammatical errors in your writing, you can use the Linguix grammar checker. It will help you identify and correct any spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes, ensuring your writing is clear and error-free.

do over (do-over) mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    It is overdue for a complete do over.

    It is overdue for a complete do-over.

  • Incorrect:
    It is overdue for a couple of do overs.

    It is overdue for a couple of do-overs.

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