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Grammar Tip: "Affect" vs "Effect"

There are many words in the English language the meanings of which are commonly confused. This is a guide about the grammar tip: "affect" vs "effect".


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April 7, 201013 found this helpful

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

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April 7, 20100 found this helpful

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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April 8, 20100 found this helpful

Give us more! Your tips are wonderful!

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April 8, 20100 found this helpful

Here's the one that irks me the most: "to" and "too". Remember by thinking "go to" "O" in each.


But "TOO" has the extra "O", so tooooo many O's means toooo much of something.

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April 8, 20100 found this helpful

There (place) is here (place) with a" T" in front. Not sure if that helps anybody...
Marg from England.

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