Commonly Misused Words



Posted by KAREN WOJCIK BERNER


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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