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?

5 comments:

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!
Love,
Margie

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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