Nice ways to say you're wrong in English

Making mistakes is a normal part of life but how this is communicated can build or break relationships. Learning how to diplomatically point out that someone is wrong, or has made a mistake, is challenging, to say the least. We've put together some useful tips including synonyms for mistakes and smart tactics for softening the blow. 

Nice words for mistakes and problems 

• oversight 

• slip up 

• hiccup 

• confusion 

• bump 

• hurdle 

• challenge 

Always use modifiers to make things seem less or smaller 

• slight 

• little 

• a bit of 

• minor 

• a few 


• This may create a slight hurdle for us 

• There's been a little confusion about x 

• It seems there was a bit of an oversight regarding x 

• It looks like we may have hit a bump with x 

• There are a few sections of the report that need to be changed 

• A minor slip up has surfaced 

• There have been a few hiccups along the way 

Avoid saying "you" to the person who made the mistake 

• There's been an oversight 

• There may have been some confusion 

• It seems like we've hit a bump 

Make positive suggestions instead of directly pointing out the mistake 

• Let's recheck the statement together 

• Let's look at it again later as it needs a little revision 

• We'll need to make a few minor adjustments/amendments 

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