(Closed) Effect vs. Affect gets me EVERY TIME. What grammar mistakes are you guilty of?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Effect/Affect is the big one for me. Who/Whom gets me sometimes, but I can usually say it out loud and figure it out by which one sounds better, but I can’t do that with effect/affect. I know the rules for them, but I’m pretty sure I still get it wrong half the time. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

EVERY TIME!! Affect vs. effect. I’m always looking to Google to figure that one out. I never remember.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I consider myself a pretty big grammarphile (I have a background in editing), but there are definitely a few mistakes of which I’m often guilty. Let’s start with the fact that I edited that last sentence to not end with a preposition because of the nature of this thread. 

I’m from the Midwest, and it’s really common to add unnecessary prepositions to the end of sentences. For example, I might say “Where’s my coat at?” instead of “Where’s my coat?”. It’s also common diction in my area to rid of infinitives, such as in “My hair needs cut” instead of “My hair needs to be cut.” I have a hard time catching dangling participles that I’ve used as well.

I can’t think of what words I’m always Googling for spelling other than “accommodations” (that one’s come up a lot lately), but I’m sure more will come to me if I think about it.

 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Yup… that one always gets me. I also forget a lot, what order the i and e go in certain words. That stupid rule “I before E except after C” has a lot of exceptions. ex: their

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@anemonie:  As I read your first paragraph I realized I typed out my comment the same way as I speak (as I do with all of my comments). I’m also a midwesterner (a Chicagoan, at that) and yes, ending with a preposition is such a huge thing here.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I really have to stop and think when using who’s or whose. It definitely takes some squeezing of a few mind grapes!

And effect vs. affect… ugh! Those bastard words get me all the time. I wish I could just easily remember the rules without looking them up. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m really bad with plural possessives…I still have my Darling Husband double-check to make sure I use it right. I also mix up further/farther and I’ve given up trying to remember which is which.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Someone posted RAVEN: Remember, Affect=Verb, Effect=Noun.  That’s a pretty good way to remember…!

 

I affected his manner of speaking.  The effect was that he now speaks with a British accent.  His British accent is affected.  I effected change.  HAHAHAHA.  

Post # 16
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Busy bee

I get affect and effect mixed up so much that I just completely avoid using them when writing lol

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