Common mistake worse-case (worst-case) scenario

Common Mistake: worse-case scenario

One of the most common mistakes encountered in the English language is the incorrect use of the phrase "worse-case scenario" instead of "worst-case scenario."


The word "worse" is comparative, meaning it is used to compare two things. On the other hand, "worst" is the superlative form which indicates the highest degree of something.


Incorrect: In a worse-case scenario, we might lose all our investments.

Correct: In a worst-case scenario, we might lose all our investments.

Using "worse" instead of "worst" in this context is incorrect because we are not comparing scenarios, but rather emphasizing the possibility of the most negative outcome.

It is important to pay attention to these details, as using the correct form not only ensures grammatical accuracy but also improves the clarity and precision of your writing.

To avoid making such mistakes, we recommend using the Linguix grammar checker. This advanced tool can provide real-time feedback on your writing, helping you catch errors like this and improve your overall writing skills.

worse-case (worst-case) scenario mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    They always prepared for the worse-case scenario.

    They always prepared for the worst-case scenario.

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