2 comments on “The effect a mistake can have

  1. I found a comic somewhere (can’t for the life of me find it again, I’m afraid) that explained it as:
    “Affect is a verb. If you can replace the word ‘affect’ with the word ‘ate’ and it still makes sense, you’re probably right. Eg ‘Jimmy’s parents affected him during his childhood’ -> ‘Jimmy’s parents ate him during his childhood’
    Effect is a noun. If you can replace the word ‘effect’ with the word ‘elephant’ and it still makes sense, you’re probably right. Eg ‘The effect of Jimmy’s parents was long-lived. -> The elephant of Jimmy’s parents was long-lived.”

    I’ll admit, those sentences are contrived to ensure that the substitution words make whole sense, and are mildly humorous, but it might help.

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