Someone explain when to use affect vs effect and when to use a semicolon versus a coma.
Generally, affect is a verb and effect is a noun. Something 'affects' you. You feel the 'effect'.
A comma is a pause and a semicolon links two thoughts in a single sentence.
Hope that helps
He turned his back to her, doubled over in pain; she looked askance and winced.
"Visit the chiropractor," she said. "You are so stubborn."
This was affecting their relationship. Who knew a medical condition would have such an effect?
Who indeed? 'Twould be better to axe the effect that let it affect them like a festering wound
Thanks guys. I never paid attention in english class but I'm glad you did.
I hope my writing is never affected me so much that it effects my writing, that's at what at some level editors are for, when the creative process has to worry about the nuts and bolts the creative process suffers.
Also, that is what rewrites are for. Write all your ideas out first, then rewrite.
"Ernest Hemingway once confided to George Plimpton during an interview that he rewrote the ending to "A Farewell to Arms" 39 times before he was satisfied.
Why so many rewrites? Plimpton asked.
Because, Hemingway responded, he wanted to get the words right."
But, when you are self-published you are your own editor.
Or when you work for certain organizations you are writer, editor, and proofer as well!
Great, my sixth grade tutoring paid off.
Affect means to act upon or influence
Example: Studying will affect my test grade
Effect means to bring about a result or to accomplish something.
Example: The effect of her smile was immediate.
Semicolons are used between closely related independent clauses not joined by and, or, not, for, yet or but.
A comma is a quick pause in a sentence, such as, "I went to the shops first, then the cinema."
A semi-colon is for more disjointed subclauses, as in the examples given higher in the thread.
Semi-colons are also for lists started with a colon. Thus:
3. boring rubbish.
Sometimes it confuses me as to when I should use the affect or effect word. Especially, when it comes to medical terminology. The affect a drug has and the effect it may have. or visa verse.
That lazy,sexy smile he affects, certainly effected me. MY cheerleaders want to go party with his Team!
I just roared when I read this in a novel I was devouring. A good example of the above.
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