Choosing the Right Words:Accept/Except, Affect/Effect
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Choosing the Right Words:Accept/Except, Affect/Effect

The correct use of words is important the the value your readers and listeners place on your message. Find mental connections to remember the meaning of words that sound alike but mean different things. Accept, except, affect and effect, and you and I or you and me are confusing if not used properly, and improper use lessens your power of persuasion. Check them out.

In speaking and writing it is important to use the right words.  Some words are confusing, and. worse than that, they may not make sense in your sentence.

 Accept and except sound similar and they be confused in usage.  Be sure you know what each one means.  Accept means to receive:  I will accept delivery of the fpackage.  It may also mean to agree with a statment:  I will accept his proposal. 

Except means to exclude:  All of you can go except John.  There is an old fashioned use:  She doesn't leave her house except to attend church.  

Affect and effect are also confused by the similar sound of the words.  Used as a noun, affect means emotion.  It is used to describe patients in a clinical setting:  His affect was flat while his brother's affect was labile.  This means the first man did not respond to anything and the second one was changeable.  Used as a verb, affect means to cause change:  How will my presence affect the meeting?  How will the weather affect your travel plans?

Effect is similar to affect in another way.  It is sued as both a  verb and a noun .  As a verb it means to cause:  The new manager will effect a change.  Used as a noun it means the result of an action.  The new rules will be in effect.  

The tendency in the use of combining a group with a singular pronoun is to use the nominative form.  Sometimes that's right.  If you would use a nominatiive when it is alone, you would still use the nominative when it is joined by a plural: You and I will go to town. But the opposite is true when  "you and I" become the object of the verb:.  Mary will take you and me to town.  The easy way to determine which to use is to think "Will I go to town?"  Then use you and I.  Will Mary take I to town?  No! " Will mary take me to town?" This time use you and me.  The same rule holds true if you use some other collective noun.  "The class and I were scared in the storm."  . Don't let the verb tense mess you up.  It's still "I was scared in the storm."

Find ways to remember the correct usage for these and other words to make you writing and speaking precise and understandable. 

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