Tracking the journey of PRCA 3330

TOW2- Grammer Girl- Affect vs. Effect

Posted on: September 2, 2010

As simple as it may be for some, knowing when to use affect/effect is still something I struggle with. That being said, I am more than happy to read anything that will help me to distinguish between the two words. Luckily, her article on affect versus effect is listed as Grammer Girl’s number one tip.

The two words have different meanings and are used as different parts of sentence structure.  Affect is used primarily as a verb and means “to influence”.  Effect is a noun and refers to the result of an action. Grammer girl used mnemonic devices to reinforce the differences in the two words that are really clever but have done little to help with my writing. By remembering the word aardvark you can simply remember that Affect is a Verb and Effect is a Noun….

Does that make sense to anyone? Because it was lost on me… But reading the article and having concrete distinctions between the two words has done enough to help me. I’m sure that once upon a time someone distinguished between the two for me, but Grammer Girl hit the nail on the head, and I think it has finally clicked. According to the article if you remember affect as a verb and effect as a noun, you will be right 95% of the time… and that is such an improvement from my previous statistics that I’ll take it!

Although Grammer Girl briefly covers the exceptions to the rule I just learned, I feel like I need to look more deeply at those exceptions: Effect can be used as a verb when referencing bringing about change and Affect can be a noun when used in psychology.

Overall I found Grammer Girl to be helpful and will probably use the website in the future!


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