Posted 27 February 2011 - 12:56 AM
People have tried to teach me this. Think you're good? They all failed. How good are you, really?
Posted 27 February 2011 - 01:08 AM
Posted 27 February 2011 - 10:48 AM
Edited by du Garbandier, 27 February 2011 - 10:52 AM.
Posted 27 February 2011 - 11:50 AM
OK, so I'm certain there are multiple problems with the following sentence which I posted last night. Lay off the rest, I know I'm already bad at this. But I am interested in the use of "effect" here, which I probably edited nineteen times before deciding on the following:
Looks like it must be right according to what's taught here so far, right?
Posted 27 February 2011 - 12:24 PM
Used as a verb, affect means "to influence." Think of SAD--Seasonal Affective Disorder, which involves the influence the seasons can have on moods.
If something effects a life it brings that life into being; to affect a life is to influence it. Of course, one could say that bringing life into being is influencing it, but that would be a pretty loose way of talking.
Edited by du Garbandier, 27 February 2011 - 12:25 PM.
Posted 27 February 2011 - 01:08 PM
I'm pretty sure there is no error that I find myself editing more often than the AFFECT/EFFECT contrast... except one: REIGN/REIN.
To "rein in" and to "give free rein" are phrases from the lexicon of horsemanship. I wish I had a dollar for every time I've seen "reign in" and "free reign."
Edited by Overstreet, 27 February 2011 - 01:12 PM.
Posted 27 February 2011 - 02:32 PM
Unless you're talking about the domain of an authority's influence, like the praise songs that say "Lord, reign in me."
Posted 27 February 2011 - 03:17 PM
Although I often find myself needing a song that goes, "Lord, rein me in."
Posted 28 February 2011 - 12:55 AM
Edited by Persona, 28 February 2011 - 12:56 AM.
Posted 28 February 2011 - 01:19 AM
Since the Prime Directive isn't known for its ability to "cause/create" ie. "effect" the lives of the pickers, but is related to matters of interference in said lives, you should be using "affect" within this context. If it helps, throw in synonyms of affect and effect and see if they work under the same context. If we use "impact" instead of "affect," it still makes sense, but if we substitute "cause" instead of "effect" within this context, it doesn't work as well as the alternative.
Posted 28 February 2011 - 11:58 PM
Posted 01 March 2011 - 02:33 AM
Effect and affect can both be nouns as well:
For the third act, Ms. Sutherland donned a sable-colored taffeta gown and false eyelashes, which not only had the effect of lending her character a lugubrious affect, but seemed to effect a similar change in mood throughout the rest of the cast, which in turn affected their performances even though their costumes remained as before.
But for the most part, stick with Andrew's advice.
I do not care for impact as a verb. I care for the abominable adjective impactful even less.
To keep tabs on which errors I correct most often would be to spend time that I do not have.
Edited by mrmando, 01 March 2011 - 02:34 AM.
Posted 03 March 2011 - 07:30 AM
So, does anyone have any book or guide suggestions? Reading and then doing has always worked well for me.
Sorry to deviate from the original topic, Stef. You can punch me some day down the road.
Posted 03 March 2011 - 09:21 AM