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1.  there / their / they're
2.  a vs. an
3.  went vs. have gone
4. It's vs. Its
5. Affect vs. Effect

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Author Topic: Grammar and Spelling Lessons 101  (Read 2200 times)

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Re: Grammar and Spelling Lessons 101
« Reply #30 on: January 25, 2016, 05:12:26 PM »
It's vs. Its

It's is a contraction of the two words IT IS.
Its is a possessive pronoun (description of something belonging to something).

Examples:
  • It's time to go to go to the park already. (It is time to go to the park already.
  • The dog was just sitting there and wagging its tail all day long.

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Re: Grammar and Spelling Lessons 101
« Reply #31 on: January 25, 2016, 05:14:41 PM »
Just found this in another thread. Sorry for cross posting but I really think this would label this thread correctly.

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Re: Grammar and Spelling Lessons 101
« Reply #32 on: January 25, 2016, 08:55:20 PM »
It's a moot point not a mute point.

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Re: Grammar and Spelling Lessons 101
« Reply #33 on: January 26, 2016, 01:36:33 PM »
It's a moot point not a mute point.
What if no one had responded?
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Re: Grammar and Spelling Lessons 101
« Reply #34 on: January 27, 2016, 12:47:16 PM »

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Re: Grammar and Spelling Lessons 101
« Reply #35 on: April 13, 2016, 12:30:38 AM »
             1 Woman, several women.
Just like 1 man and several men.

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Re: Grammar and Spelling Lessons 101
« Reply #36 on: November 13, 2017, 06:33:49 PM »
I came across a couple blunders in this recently, so I figured I'll post.

Affect vs. Effect

Affect is the act of creating a change in something or someone else.
Effect is the outcome of the making of the change; or the change.

Examples:
  • The keynote speaker at last night's dinner affected my entire view of life.
  • Russia's radiation leak can have a disastrous effect on all of Europe.

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Re: Grammar and Spelling Lessons 101
« Reply #37 on: November 13, 2017, 07:17:29 PM »
I came across a couple blunders in this recently, so I figured I'll post.

Affect vs. Effect

Affect is the act of creating a change in something or someone else.
Effect is the outcome of the making of the change; or the change.

Examples:
  • The keynote speaker at last night's dinner affected my entire view of life.
  • Russia's radiation leak can have a disastrous effect on all of Europe.
Another way to differentiate - Affect is a verb, and Effect is a noun
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Re: Grammar and Spelling Lessons 101
« Reply #38 on: November 13, 2017, 07:32:27 PM »
Another way to differentiate - Affect is a verb, and Effect is a noun
What means verb and im being a noun when I grow up.

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Re: Grammar and Spelling Lessons 101
« Reply #39 on: November 13, 2017, 07:36:29 PM »
Another way to differentiate - Affect is a verb, and Effect is a noun
Hard to classify it that way. Sometimes Effect will be an adjective.

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Re: Grammar and Spelling Lessons 101
« Reply #40 on: November 13, 2017, 07:59:50 PM »
Hard to classify it that way. Sometimes Effect will be an adjective.
I can't think of any examples of that... can you give one?
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Re: Grammar and Spelling Lessons 101
« Reply #41 on: November 13, 2017, 08:09:04 PM »
I can't think of any examples of that... can you give one?
The color gave it that special effect.

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Re: Grammar and Spelling Lessons 101
« Reply #42 on: November 13, 2017, 08:21:03 PM »
The color gave it that special effect.
That's a noun - it's a "thing" (though not a tangible thing) that the color is giving to "it".

Just like I could say "the boy gave his friend a special present"

"special" is an adjective describing "effect" or "present".
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Re: Grammar and Spelling Lessons 101
« Reply #43 on: November 13, 2017, 09:16:00 PM »
I can't think of any examples of that... can you give one?
The effect of the wet paint was clearly visible on @etech0 's face.

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Re: Grammar and Spelling Lessons 101
« Reply #44 on: November 13, 2017, 09:19:07 PM »
The effect of the wet paint was clearly visible on @etech0 's face.
"effect" is still a "thing" that you are seeing. Same as saying "the color of the paint was red" - color is a noun.

Over here "effect" is a noun which belongs to the paint.

How about "the peak of the mountain" - peak is a noun too.
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