Common mistake trail (trial)

Common Mistake: Trail vs. Trial

One of the most common mistakes made in writing is confusing the words "trail" and "trial." These words may sound similar, but they have different meanings and are used in different contexts. Let's take a closer look at the difference between trail and trial.


The word "trail" is a noun that refers to a path or track, often used for walking, hiking, or biking, such as a hiking trail or a nature trail. It can also be used as a verb to describe the act of following or leaving a path behind.

  • Let's go for a walk on the nature trail.
  • The hikers followed the trail through the forest.
  • The dog left a trail of paw prints behind.


In contrast, "trial" is a noun that refers to a formal examination of evidence in a court of law or a test or experiment used to assess something.

  • The defendant is set to appear in court for their trial.
  • The drug is currently in the final stages of clinical trials.
  • We conducted a trial run of the new software before implementing it.

It's important to use the correct word in your writing to convey the intended meaning. Confusing trail and trial can lead to misunderstandings and confusion for your readers.

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trail (trial) mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    The free trail expired after 30 days.

    The free trial expired after 30 days.

  • Incorrect:
    The trail expired after 30 days.

    The trial expired after 30 days.

  • Incorrect:
    Your trail license has expired.

    Your trial license has expired.

  • Incorrect:
    Your 30-day trail expired.

    Your 30-day trial expired.

  • Incorrect:
    Your 30 day trail expired.

    Your 30 day trial expired.

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