Affect or Effect and other Mysteries: Answered

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Here’s a link to a helpful resource from Smashing Magazine: 50 Free Resources For Writers. I don’t know about the rest of the magazine, but this part really is smashing.

If you have a blog (or communicate in some way by means of the written word) you will find it useful. I haven’t spent a lot of time with these yet, but if I post it here then I’ll be less likely to forget it exists.

As you have likely noticed, I could use some help on some areas of grammar. Like this one particular challenge: when to use effect and when to use affect (Ten Flagrant Grammar Mistakes).

 

#5: Effect for affect
No: The outage shouldn’t effect any users during work hours.

Yes: The outage shouldn’t affect any users during work hours.

Yes: The outage shouldn’t have any effect on users.

Yes: We will effect several changes during the downtime.

Note: Impact is not a verb. Purists, at least, beg you to use affect instead:

No: The outage shouldn’t impact any users during work hours.

Yes: The outage shouldn’t affect any users during work hours.

Yes: The outage should have no impact on users during work hours.

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There’s a lot more where that came from, as that represents one part of one of the fifty resources.

Maybe we should all spend some time there, if for no other reason than to laugh at everyone else’s tweets/status updates.

I know Andrew is laughing at mine now.

 

HT: Michael Hyatt

3 Comments

  1. Thanks for the clarification. I struggle with my affections. I will probably be using the exact phrases you have listed…and now I know which one to use.

    Thanks SD

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