It can affect the way readers view you

A stupid, bone-headed mistake like this one on can affect the way a reader views the website:

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The effect of change

It must be so gratifying to effect change, but not this change from Yahoo! Style:

affect change style

Although affect is usually a verb, it can also be a noun. Although effect is usually a noun, it can also be a verb meaning “to bring about.” And that’s the meaning in that sentence.

This could have an adverse effect on readers

Maybe if you’re writing for Yahoo! Finance, you have dollars on the brain and hence, use both a dollar sign and the word dollars:

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One or the other is sufficient, really. Simple mistakes like that could have an adverse effect on your readers.

It has an effect on readers

If you’re like this writer for Yahoo! Sports and can’t match a verb (which should be is) to its subject (NBA), then you’re writing will have an effect on your readers, and it won’t be good:

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The effect affects people differently

Yup, it sure does. Seeing an incorrect word like effects affects people differently. When it’s accompanied by a misspelled name, I just shrug my shoulders. After all, this is Yahoo! Shine and I’ve come to expect mistakes like that:

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It’s no surprise to me that the writer still can’t remember how to spell Dr. LaRocca’s name or that well-being needs a hyphen. What is shocking is people with multiple sclerosis are exercising entire battalions. I think that an exercise regimen would be sufficient:

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The effect it’s had on us all

What’s the effect on us all when we read something like this from Yahoo! Shine?

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Me? I tend to judge the writer — and not in a good way.

Peyton Manning and the wrong effect

Misspelling a well-known name like Peyton Manning will directly affect your credibility, especially if you’re supposedly an expert in football, like the folks at Yahoo! Sports:

effect payton sports

The wrong effect

Using the wrong word can have a negative effect on your readers. Using the verb affect when the noun effect is called for can affect your credibility. It makes me wonder who could respect the writer for Yahoo! Sports‘ “Prep Rally” after reading this:

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How an affect can affect the effect

Using the wrong word in your writing can have a negative effect on your readers. If you use affect, when you should use effect, you look as careless and/or illiterate as the writer for Yahoo! News‘ “Who Knew”:

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It will affect the effect of your writing

Using the wrong word can affect the impression your writing makes on your readers, and the effect is not good.

effect for affect shine

If you’re like the writer for Yahoo! Shine and don’t know the difference between effect (a noun) and affect (a verb), consult a dictionary. Or most high school graduates.


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