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You're going to get tired of hearing this, but it remains true: speaking and writing well makes you more marketable in today's tough job market. Potential employers like to see "strong English skills" on a resume or application. Here's another set of commonly-confused words: "affect" and "effect".
"Affect" is an action word. If you connect the A in action with the A in "affect", that should help you remember which word to use. For example, "Jo's work ethic will affect her paycheck in a positive way."
"Effect", on the other hand, is used either as a noun, or with the verb have or one of its forms. For example, "Jo's work ethic will have a positive "effect" on her paycheck." Or, "The effect of Jo's work ethic on her paycheck will be a positive one."
Hope this little mnemonic helps - happy writing!
JustPlainJo, Springfield, OH
Another one I see many confuse is their and there.
Their car is in the shop, Park the car over there.
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Here's the one that irks me the most: "to" and "too". Remember by thinking "go to" someplace...one "O" in each. But "TOO" has the extra "O", so tooooo many O's means toooo much of something.
There (place) is here (place) with a" T" in front. Not sure if that helps anybody...
Marg from England.