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Word War is BACK – Affect/Effect

Word War is BACK – Affect/Effect

Word War

With Cac, the Proofreader

WORD WAR is back. I will be doing these each Tuesday, and they will be much shorter than before…at least I will attempt that! Let’s go!
Affect v. Effect.
Affect is ??????? a verb. It means to impact or change. Transform. “How did that affect you?”
Effect is ??????? a noun, at least 90 percent of the time. If you’re discussing cause and effect, and you’re referring to the end result, use “effect.” Quick hack: they both start with “e.” “Did you feel an effect from the earthquake?”
An ez pz way to determine which one to use? Ask yourself the question “What is this word being used for?” If your answer describes a conclusion or outcome, effect with an “e” is the correct choice. All others, you can safely use affect with an “a.”
There are exceptions to just about every WORD WAR in our beautiful language. I choose to lay out the most commonly used.
Got your own WORD WAR? I welcome them!
Reach me here: cac@cactheproofreader.com or 833.I.PROOF.U/833.477.6638.
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3 Responses

  1. Mark Schultz says:

    Reblogged this on wordrefiner.

  2. Reblogged this on Pattys World and commented:

    Good morning to All!
    Here we are on another #WordPressWednesday and the Word War is back!
    Head on over to learn what you need to know about two words that for me at least, strike fear into the heart of the writer.

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