Common mistake tome (time)

The Common Mistake: Tome (Time)

One of the most common mistakes in English grammar is confusing the words "tome" and "time".

The word "tome" refers to a large, heavy, or scholarly book, often associated with ancient or long texts.

On the other hand, the word "time" is a noun that refers to the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future. It can indicate a specific period or duration, or it can be used more broadly to refer to the general passing of minutes, hours, days, etc.


Incorrect: I need to find some free tomes in the library.

Correct: I need to find some free time in the library.

Incorrect: He spent a great amount of time reading a tome.

Correct: He spent a great amount of time reading a book.

It's important to pay attention to which word we use in order to communicate clearly and avoid confusion.

One tool that can help you avoid such mistakes is Linguix grammar checker, which highlights and corrects errors in your writing to ensure accurate and polished content.

tome (time) mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    I have no tome.

    I have no time.

  • Incorrect:
    This will take some tome.

    This will take some time.

  • Correct:
    Now I have another tome to add to the stack.
  • Incorrect:
    I found tome to read.

    I found time to read.

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