Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Grammar Rules in Daily Life and Writing by Diana L. Flegal

Today I wanted to let a friend know that I could see and feel the effectiveness of her and many others prayers, in my life and my son's. That made me question whether I meant affect or effect. Since they are homonyms, I often get the word wrong. And I felt it was important I use the right one.

So I googled it.

Which led me to this page: Affect vs. Effect Grammar Rules

Know what I found? The cool thing about prayer is it does both.
  • Affect is a verb. It means to produce a change in or influence something.
  • Effect is a noun that can also be used as a verb. It means a change that occurred. When an "s" is added, "effects" means personal belongings.
It affects the circumstances, because we bring a heavenly perspective to it, and it effects those involved in the particular situation.

How cool is that?
We have been told since middle school- every action produces a reaction. Prayer does some pretty awesome things.

In writing, each character affects the plot. :-)

How has your writing been effective in getting across your mission?

And who do you desire your writing to affect?


Stacy The Author said...

You are so good at what you do Diana.
A great Agent and mentor.

Margie Houmes said...

Very helpful...right to the point! Oh yes, you are good!

Linda Glaz said...

I know the diff, but I do have to stop and think about it each time, just like lie or lay. Grrr

Ann McCauley said...

The English language... Gotta love homonyms. I've noticed when I am tired I misuse them without realizing. A lot to be said for fresh eyes on a page. Good word, Diana.

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