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June 15, 2010

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Alison

I hope everyone in America reads this, because it's one of my pet peeves. Great explanation!

tracy

brilliant! now if someone could please explain the difference between effect and affect, i'll be a grammatical mastermind.

RA

Ooh, Tracy, effect/affect can be tricky because they can both be nouns or verbs, depending on context. Check out Grammar Girl's explanation (http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/affect-versus-effect.aspx) and see if that helps.

Anna

This was very helpful. It kind of made my head hurt but in a good way.

Katie

How about accept versus except. I never get that one right.

RA

Katie, maybe this will help for accept/except:

Accept is a verb with several common meanings (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accept).

Except is a generally a preposition (also a conjunction) that indicates an exclusion. It can also be used as a verb meaning "to exclude" or "to object," but these usages are much more rare, compared to the preposition/conjunction.

So, here is one way that might help you remember:

Accept is an action, so use it when the word in question is a verb.

Or maybe these sentences will be easier, since they reflect the most common usages:

I accept this award.
I eat everything except eggs.

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