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 Post subject: 10 Common Errors Spell Check Won't Catch
PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:06 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: 10 Common Errors Spell Check Won't Catch
PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:20 am 
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Affect versus Effect
There is a lot of confusion around this one but here’s the rule: “Affect” is a verb and “effect” is a noun. It’s as simple as that.

Not true. There are times when "effect" is used as a verb--eg: He effected the transition to another home efficiently by the use of professional packers and movers. When used as a verb, it means, in the words of the immortal Jean Luc Picard, to make it so.

There are also rare times that "affect" can be used as a noun--eg: He wore the affect of a monocle with comical dignity. When used as a noun, it means almost the same thing as affectation, but not in quite such a ridiculing way.



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Farther versus Further
While both words refer to distance, grammarians distinguish “farther” as physical distance and “further” as metaphorical distance. You can dive further into a project, for instance, or you can dive farther into the ocean.

Very clear explanation of the difference between these two and a good example to help remember it.

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 Post subject: Re: 10 Common Errors Spell Check Won't Catch
PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:28 am 
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Yeah, affect & effect drive me nuts...I did know the "affect" definition as in affecting traits & usually I get the two right...usually.

Seeing "could of," "would of," etc. drives me up the wall, though. I think people do it most often because they're spelling "could've" phonetically, so I see WHY it happens, I guess, but it still shouldn't :P For some reason, that's the one error I most associate with grammar ignorance. Even more than the "your/you're" or "there/their/they're" mistakes, although that's close.

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