Common mistake ring (wring) its neck

Common Mistake: "Ring" vs "Wring"

One common mistake that people often make is confusing the words "ring" and "wring". These two words, although similar in sound, have different meanings and usage.

1. Ring

"Ring" is a verb that means to make a clear, resonant sound, usually produced by a bell or a telephone. It can also refer to encircling or surrounding something, or to wear a ring on one's finger.


  • The church bells began to ring as the couple exchanged their vows.
  • I received a phone call, but the phone stopped ringing before I could answer it.
  • She loves to ring in the new year with her friends and family.

2. Wring

"Wring" is a verb that means to twist or squeeze something forcefully, often to extract liquid from it. It can also denote the act of causing great emotional or physical distress.


  • Please wring out the wet towel before hanging it up to dry.
  • The stress of the situation was wringing her heart, making it hard to breathe.
  • He accidentally wrung his hands together so tightly that he felt pain in his fingers.

Confusing these two words can lead to awkward and sometimes comical misunderstandings. For instance, saying "ring its neck" instead of "wring its neck" can change the intended meaning completely.

Linguix Grammar Checker is an excellent tool that can help you identify and correct such mistakes, ensuring that your writing is clear, concise, and error-free.

ring (wring) its neck mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    I'm going to ring its neck.

    I'm going to wring its neck.

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