When I started my TIP TUESDAY feature, I promised I would answer your questions about grammar. Some of you asked questions immediately, and I want to provide grammatical healing now that we've recovered from the holidays.
|Well, most of us have recovered.
This sounds like useful fun! (Perhaps that was the desired effect? Affect? Um, can you tell me a handy way to keep those straight?) Fozzie says being a dog is truly exhausting even at a basic rest level.
Obviously, Fozzie understands how the puppy in the photo feels. Fozzie understands me, too.
Yes, Andrea. I can tell you a handy way to keep effect and affect straight.
EFFECT = NOUN
AFFECT = VERB
Examples: Lady Mary had quite an effect on Mr. Pamuk.
Lady Mary affected Mr. Pamuk in ways she never thought possible!
Notice a small but important difference between the two sentences. The noun has the word "an" in front of it. An is an article. You used effect correctly in your comment, and I know it's correct because you used the article the. The noun is sad and weak, and needs a little article to prop it up.
English articles are
By thinking in terms of “the effect,” you can usually sort out which is which, because you can’t stick a “the” in front of a verb. While some people do use “effect” as a verb (“a strategy to effect a settlement”), they are usually lawyers, and you should therefore ignore them if you want to write like a human. (source: copyblogger)
So if you use an article, Andrea and Gentle Readers, and you have to choose between effect and affect, the correct answer is effect.
I'll try to continue to answer at least one grammatical question each week. I have a couple of others in the original TIP TUESDAY comments. If you have other concerns, please email me at email@example.com.
Infinities of love,
|Thank you, fishducky.