English Language Class/ Watson should of scored (sic)

Grecian1987

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Ooo arrr Exeterrr
To be fair, "should of" and "there their" works as a good slide-rule scale in business. You can use it to see which manages are naturally clever, and which brown-nosed to get up the ladder.
 

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Please help.
When should I use "AFFECT" and when should I use "EFFECT"?
As a general rule:

affect = verb
effect = noun

"The sound effects were affected by the fact that the tannoy doesn't work"

There is a case where you can use "effect" as a verb, but it has a subtly different meaning - cause rather than alteration - for example "Tisdale effected a tactical change in City's formation", as opposed to "Tisdale's tactical changes affected City's formation".
 
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Alan Crockford

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As a rule, if you're using it as a noun - 'the effect of all these cuts will be an increase in crime' - then you want effect.

If it's a verb - 'will the cuts really affect crime' - then you want affect.

There is an effect verb - 'it is important to effect change now before the nation goes bankrupt' - but you can easily avoid using that by using words such as make or impliment.
 
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