Commonly Misused Words

Affect, Effect

When used as a verb, “affect” means to influence, according to The Associate Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law.

Example:

The weather affects traffic patterns.


“Effect” means to cause.

Example:

The new mayor will effect many changes in the city.


Used as a noun, “effect” means result.

Example:

He did not realize the effect his actions would have upon others.




Irregardless

This word should not exist. It is a double negative. Always use “regardless.”


Example:

Regardless of the situation, he always keeps a smile on his face.




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