English Usage: Reeking Havoc/Wreaking Havoc

It’s not a particularly common expression, perhaps simply from lack of use, but maybe this English usage worksheet on the expression wreaking havoc will return this useful expression to the vernacular, if not only academic discourse.

This worksheet’s reading (like this whole series, from Paul Brians’ book Common Errors in English Usage) explains that the expression is not “reeking havoc” but rather “wreaking havoc.” So, I wrote the worksheet so that students may develop their understanding of the use of wreaking havoc by working with it and the verb to reek.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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