Common mistake wont (won't)

Common Mistake: Wont vs. Won't

One of the most common mistakes that people make in English is confusing the words "wont" and "won't" – particularly in written form. These two words may sound similar when spoken, but they have very different meanings and uses.


The word "wont" is an adjective that describes habitual behavior or something that is customary or typical for a person. It is often used to talk about someone's usual way of doing something.

For example:

  • My grandmother is wont to take a nap after lunch.
  • He has a wont tendency to leave dirty dishes in the sink.


In contrast, "won't" is a contraction of the words "will not." It is used to express refusal or the negation of future actions or possibilities.

For example:

  • I won't be able to attend the meeting tomorrow.
  • She won't give up until she achieves her goals.

It's important to note that "won't" is used when someone is making a conscious decision not to do something, whereas "can't" is used when someone is unable to do something.

Using these words correctly is crucial for clear and effective communication. Confusing them could lead to misunderstandings and misinterpretations.

Linguix grammar checker can be a helpful tool in avoiding this common mistake by providing instant feedback on the correct usage of "wont" and "won't" in your writing.

wont (won't) mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    No, I wont do that.

    No, I won't|won’t do that.

  • Correct:
    We were wont to meet at that pleasant spot.
  • Correct:
    As is his wont, Tourneur shows us only parts of the set, in logical sequence, each at the moment when, and not before, we need to see it.
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