Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Mar 2010 19:05 UTC
Features, Office Since everybody in the technology world is apparently having a vacation, and nobody told me about it, we're kind of low on news. As such, this seems like the perfect opportunity to gripe about something I've always wanted to gripe about: a number of common mistakes in English writing in the comments section. I'll also throw in some tidbits about my native language, Dutch, so you can compare and contrast between the two.
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It's really quite simple.

Effect - consequence.
Affect - to have consequence.

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siride Member since:

It seems as though you completely ignored the parent's point and the fact that "effect" can be used as a verb and "affect" as a noun. "Effect" and "affect" as verbs do have some semantic overlap. "Bring about" or "cause" ("effect" as a verb) is not that far away from "have an impact on" ("affect" as a verb). It isn't that simple.

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