Common mistake shoe-in (shoo)

Common Grammar Mistakes: "Shoe-In" vs "Shoo-In"

One of the most common grammar mistakes people make is confusing the term "shoo-in" with "shoe-in". While they may sound similar, they have entirely different meanings and usage.


The correct term is "shoo-in" (pronounced "shoo"). It is an idiomatic expression used to describe a person or thing that is certain to win or succeed.

Example: "Sarah is a shoo-in for the position of class president; she has the support of all her classmates."

As you can see, in this context, "shoo-in" is used to imply a person who is highly favored or likely to be chosen or win in a competition or vote.


On the other hand, "shoe-in" (pronounced "shoe") is an incorrect phrase that doesn't have a recognized meaning or usage in the English language.

Example: Incorrect usage - "Tom is a shoe-in for the position." (This sentence is incorrect because it uses the incorrect term "shoe-in" instead of "shoo-in".)

Confusing "shoe-in" with "shoo-in" is a common mistake that often occurs due to similar pronunciation and spelling. However, it's important to use the correct term to ensure effective communication and avoid confusion.

To avoid making such mistakes, it's useful to double-check your writing with tools like Linguix grammar checker. It can help you detect and correct grammatical errors, including the misuse of idiomatic expressions like "shoe-in" and "shoo-in".

shoe-in (shoo) mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    He says some of his supporters thought he was a shoe-in.

    He says some of his supporters thought he was a shoo-in.

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