June 4, 2013

Friendly Reminder

While writers should absolutely use editors and proofreaders, we should also know the basic rules of grammar, though unfortunately many don't. Luckily, I found this infographic explaining how to avoid 15 common grammar mistakes.  Learn 'em, live 'em, love 'em—and feel free to share! (Get the code here.)

My Extra Tip:

Although "affect" is most commonly used as a verb, and "effect" is most commonly used as a noun, they can both be used as both a noun and a verb (so #4 is only almost right).
  • Affect (v): To influence something 
    • The weather frequently affects people's moods.
  • Affect (n): Observable manifestation of an emotional response.
    • Her affect was completely inappropriate for the funeral.
  • Effect (n): The result of an influence
    • His constant whining had the effect of alienating his peers.
  • Effect (v): To make something happen
    • The nonprofit's goal was to effect change for the local community.

15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly
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1 comment

  1. Thanks for this, Aria. I'm pretty good with the rest, but it's that affect/effect thing that always trips me up. What's worse is that I cannot seem to keep the differences in my head-after I just read them! :0)