Category: Definitions

Effect vs. Affect

Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2007, at 3:57 pm

Knowing whether to use effect or affect may not qualify you as a genius, but you will be demonstrating an understanding about a grammar issue most people find perplexing. We trust that the strategies offered here will clear up any confusion you have had. Rule: Use the verb effect when you mean bring about or brought …

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Lie vs. Lay

Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2006, at 9:43 pm

You will impress your family and friends with your grammar skills if you can distinguish between lie and lay. These words confuse even the best editors, so you pretty much have to memorize a chart and then practice to build your confidence. Lie vs. Lay Chart Present Past Past Participle (used with helping verbs such …

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I vs. Me

Posted on Saturday, April 1, 2006, at 10:09 pm

You don’t need to learn how to diagram a sentence to be able to learn the rules of grammar and punctuation. Let me help you use pronouns correctly without any unnecessary jargon. First, let’s define a pronoun: a pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun. We can divide pronouns into three …

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