Saying idioms out loud and writing them down on paper can lead to confusing messages if people don’t have them mastered before they write them. The difference between mine as well and might as well is one such example of this happening. People often mishear the phrase and will end up writing the incorrect version down. So, which is correct?
What Is The Difference Between “Mine As Well” And “Might As Well”?
Mine as well is used when talking about something belonging to you as well as somebody else who has already spoken. Might as well is used when talking about doing something that would make more sense to complete rather than not do (i.e., going home after work but “might as well” pop to the store on your way back). People often use “mine as well” instead of “might as well” due to a common mishearing.
When people speak (especially native English speakers), it’s normal to rush through their words and sentences. If you have a native understanding of a language, you’re able to comprehend words and phrases much quicker, and you’ll usually notice they drop letters in words. With the phrase “might as well,” you’ll sometimes hear people saying it seemingly without the “t” at the end of “might,” which leads people to believe it’s “mine as well” instead.
Examples Of How To Use “Might As Well”
We’ve covered the differences and the reason why so many people tend to mishear it (and proceed to miswrite it). We’ll use examples to show you the correct way to write the spelling for “might as well” in a sentence. With these examples, you’ll have a much better understanding of how you can use the phrase for yourself. Learning the language this way is one of the quickest options to getting a native comprehension!
- You might as well pick up some milk while you’re out.
- I might as well see my parents on my way across the State.
- We might as well get married later this year.
- I might as well go to the gym if I’ve got nothing better to do.
- You might as well go home since there aren’t many customers here.
In each case, a proposal is made with the phrase “might as well.” This proposal tells someone to do something that makes more sense at the moment, rather than not doing the thing they’re asked for (or telling themselves to do).
Examples Of How To CORRECTLY Use “Mine As Well”
But just because “might as well” is the correct saying doesn’t mean that “mine as well” is wrong. Sure, it’s wrong if you’re trying to use the phrase “might as well” in any manner, but “mine as well” comes with its own definition. It has a particular scenario where it pops up, and you’ll only see it written when someone is talking about owning something alongside someone else. Still, we’ll show you some examples of how to use it.
- That dog is mine as well.
- This house is my mom’s, but it’s mine as well.
- That’s my brother’s school, and mine as well.
- She’s mine as well.
- That food is mine as well, don’t touch it.
In each case here, “mine as well” claims ownership of something. We’re taking them out of context slightly here, and they make more sense when you have more familiarity with the overall context. You’ll use “mine as well” when a sentence has come previously that sets up the usage of the phrase. For example, in the first sentence, the sentence just before could have been “that dog is mine,” and then the sentence “that dog is mine as well” shows secondary ownership of another dog.
Why Do People Say “Mine As Well” Instead Of “Might As Well”?
The writing element makes sense when you think of hearing it wrong and write it down, but what about the speaking element? Why do people say “mine as well” instead of “might as well?” The answer might surprise you. They don’t. If you hear “mine as well” from a native speaker, it’s almost guaranteed that you’re mishearing it.
There is a very slim chance that a native English speaker doesn’t know the correct way to say the idiom. However, it’s not unheard of, and there are plenty of other idioms in English that native speakers confuse. An example would be “another thing coming” or “another think coming.” Native English speakers constantly argue about which one is the correct spelling and way to say it.
However, in this case, it’s rare to find anyone that might say “mine as well.”
Are You Sure That You Aren’t Just Hearing It Wrong?
So, since it’s rare, why does it seem like you hear it? You might just be hearing it wrong. That’s all there is to it. If you’re not a native speaker yourself, that’s okay. Sometimes, you misinterpret words you think you should hear, and a native speaker might drop a sound here or there that throws you off. If you have misheard it, it’s a good time now to remember the correct spelling and just keep working with that from now on.
There’s an obvious difference between the true meanings of “might as well” and “mine as well,” which is why it’s so hard for a native English speaker to confuse them. It will help if you familiarize yourself with the language and try to really tune in to what someone is saying. The alternative would be asking them to slow down their speech so you can work it all out as they say it.
“Mind As Well” Vs “Mine As Well”?
There’s one last thing to touch on, and that’s the difference between “mind as well” and “mine as well.” It’s another common mishearing that gets a lot of people confused. However, this one is a lot simpler. “Mind as well” is completely incorrect and should never be used. If you’ve heard it, then you’re just mishearing someone saying “mine as well” instead. Make sure you keep “mine” instead of “mind” if you’re talking about you owning something.
Martin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business. He has six years of experience in professional communication with clients, executives, and colleagues. Furthermore, he has teaching experience from Aarhus University. Martin has been featured as an expert in communication and teaching on Forbes and Shopify. Read more about Martin here.