Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 4 weeks ago

Why do Americans say “on accident”?

It doesn’t make any sense. It should be “by accident”. For example, I crashed the car by accident. 

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  • 4 weeks ago

    They don't. They say "By accident".

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Is it on accident or by accident? By accident and on accident are two versions of an adverb phrase that means not on purpose.

    • By accident is the standard, accepted form in print.

    • On accident might be common in spoken American English, but it isn’t an acceptable form in writing and publishing.

     

    https://writingexplained.org/on-accident-or-by-acc...

    Or... in my opinion... take it easy! And just say: “accidentally”.

    Anyway, you are generalizing if you say “Americans”... you should say “some Americans”. Americans are about 350 000 000.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Sounds like AAVE (African American Vernacular English) which is a different dialect than standard English. Honestly cultural anthropologists and linguists will tell you the whole purpose of language is to communicate clearly. If that person said that phrase and you understood what it meant, then they used the English language effectively.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Again, like the other posters say. I've never heard anybody say it that way. "On accident".

    You could say.

    I had an accident in my car.

    I accidently crashed the car.

    I had a car crash.it was an accident.

    Source(s): American English speaker at 68 years old.
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  • 4 weeks ago

    Where'd you get that idea?  Educated Americans know that it's "by accident."  

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    I am an almost 70-year-old American.

    I've never heard anyone say it in my lifetime, nor read it anywhere except in the pages of Y!A in the last year or so... 

    Who have you been listening to? 

  • 4 weeks ago

    Because they been through a car accident. Brain dead. 

  • 4 weeks ago

    I suppose it is from using "on purpose" so often why not, "on accident."

  • 4 weeks ago

    I think this aberration in the language occurred when American students became too ignorant to form correct, complete sentences.  Everybody gets a trophy.  Nobody fails. 

  • Ann
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    Those I've heard say that are Black. They have a different dialect of English. 

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