accidently vs accidentally : Common Errors in English

accidently or accidentally

You can remember this one by remembering how to spell “accidental.” There are quite a few words with -ally suffixes (like “incidentally”) which are not to be confused with words that have “-ly” suffixes (like “independently”). “Incidental” is a word, but “independental” is not.
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  • r  without advance planning
    they met accidentally
  • r  of a minor or subordinate nature
  • r  without intention; in an unintentional manner
News & Articles

  • Some Invasive Species may be Judged Unfairly
    Non-native species are organisms that have been purposely or accidently introduced to an area outside its original geographic range. Often, these non-native species become invasive where they thrive in their new habitat and can aggressively start to take over the environment by outcompeting some of the native species. This alteration can not only cause harm to the environment, but to the economy ...
    June 14, 2013 - Environmental News Network
  • Obituary for Kevin J. Johnson
    Kevin Johnson, 50, of Savage, MN, ace mechanic and farmer, died accidently on Fri., June 7, 2013.
    June 13, 2013 - The Savage Pacer
  • Townhome builder accidentally removes trees from historic Houston park
    HOUSTON—One of the oldest parks in the city of Houston was looking a little bare Wednesday after a construction project went wrong. A bulldozer accidently removed dozens of trees and now residents say the damage can never be repaired. The Woodland Park is a tiny gem barely a mile from the heart of the city. It is 30 acres and dear to the hearts of those who’ve cared for it over the years. “This ...
    June 13, 2013 - KHOU 11 Houston

  • Milwaukee police officer accidentally shoots, wounds car theft suspect; 2nd suspect escapes
    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police say an officer accidentally shot and wounded a car theft suspect while arresting him. A second suspect escaped Monday. WTMJ-TV ( reports the suspects robbed two people of their car and money.
    June 17, 2013 - Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
  • Milwaukee officer accidentally shoots suspect
    Milwaukee police say an officer accidentally shot and wounded a car theft suspect while arresting him.
    June 17, 2013 - WXOW 19 La Crosse
  • Teen Dies After Accidentally Shooting Self with Air Rifle
    A boy from Pennsylvania died Tuesday after he accidentally shot himself in the chest with an air rifle. Tristin 'Ty' Yonkin, 15, was at his friends house that day when the seemingly harmless gun killed him. Police are saying his death was accidental. "Ty was a good friend, a good player, a great student and his family will miss him. So will the team," Ty's soccer coach Jeff Brinker said. "He ...
    June 17, 2013 - Opposing Views