I think good grammar is important and attractive! As a VA, it is part of my job to notice grammar, spelling and the proper use of words. Common mistakes can do serious damage to an otherwise stellar reputation. Think about the image you project and proofread, do some research, look it up…or ask me!
Et la prochaine fois, je continuerai avec mes 10 règles de la nouvelle orthographe en français pour les lecteurs francophones.
I will share some basic rules and talk about common mistakes over the next few weeks.
Rule 2. Affect/effect
These words are often confused because of their related meanings but differing spellings.
Affect is a verb meaning “to influence.”
Effect can be both a verb and a noun. Its noun form is related to affect. (Its verb form, meaning “to accomplish” or “to put into operation,” has a different meaning and usage altogether.) In its noun form, an effect is the result of someone or something that is affecting another person or thing.
Here is an example:
Smoking affects health. The effect is lung cancer.
Affect is the verb causing the influence or change (on health). The effect is the result (lung cancer).