Nia Annisa Fitri, Dewi Rochsantiningsih, Hefy Sulistyawati


The article aims at describing the appropriateness of word choice and its causes in written text. An error analysis was conducted to the second semester students of English Education in a university in Central Java to investigate errors in word choice. The errors are categorized in superficial descriptive categories (morphosyntactic and lexical derivational and pragmatics) and complementary descriptive categories (lexical syntactic, semantic and collocational problems and overlap, logicality and topic knowledge). Based on these categories, errors committed by students in word choice are caused by lack of vocabulary, lack of holistic understanding in grammar, lack of interaction with target language, lack of research of the topic given, not rereading their own texts, and being too dependent on bilingual dictionaries. Most of errors that are produced by students however did not hinder readers’ comprehension but still needs to get a thorough attention.


error analysis, word choice, writing skill, superficial descriptive categories, complementary descriptive categories


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