I edited a lot of questions in StackOverflow, but there is one thing I face in most cases: what is the best verb that comes after error ? I mean when I have a problem and I ask others for help to solve the problem what should I say? Should I say

Please help me to eliminate the error?

Please help me to resolve the error?

Please help me to remove the error?

or there is a better verb for this case? (error here means programming bugs)


3 Answers 3


The most common idiomatic phrase nowadays is fix the error.

  • yup; while "correct the error" would be IMO the most common outside of CS, in applied sciences we generally "fix" things chuckle
    – user21321
    Jan 14, 2016 at 19:38

To correct is broadly used before error.

Put right (an error or fault):

[Oxford Online Dictionary]

The linked Ngram viewer shows pretty big difference in each verb's usage.

  1. To correct the error
  2. To fix the error.
  3. To eliminate the error.
  4. To repair the error.
  5. To remove the error.
  6. To resolve the error.

The most commonly used word would be "Resolve". 'An error' is usually a problem, to which a solution ought to be found. Thus, 'resolve' would be the best option. There is nothing wrong in saying :

Please help me to eliminate the error?


Please help me to remove the error?

additionally, you could also say:

Please help me to rectify the error?

But for technical usage (say, in programming or coding) of "error", you should ideally use resolve or remove.

  • 3
    Both the other two answers include NGram links showing that resolve the error is far less common than either fix or correct. I don't claim there's anything actually wrong with your alternative, or that it's remotely "uncommon", but I do disagree with your claim that it's the most commonly used word (patently untrue), and that it's the best option (at best a matter of opinion, and apparently a minority opinion at that). Jan 14, 2016 at 15:34

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