My contribution to the greater good

Handy tip for remembering which word to use:

  • affect vs effect: a for action – affect is the verb, effect is the noun
  • allusion vs illusion: again, a for action, though slightly modified – allusion is a noun meaning “the act of aluding,” illusion is a noun for a state of being

Clear as mud? Thought so.

Add your handy tips to the comments. I know that has one for it’s and its, and and probably have a few hidden up their sleeves.

3 comments to My contribution to the greater good

  • Liz

    For less and fewer:

    Fewer – things that you can count, there are fewer stairs to climb this way

    Less – abstract stuff that can’t be counted, the incline is less steep this way

    For good and well:
    Good is the adjective and described the subject of the sentence: My hat looks good on my head.

    Well is the adverb and describes the action of the sentence:
    I feel well today, thank you for asking.

  • Young'un

    “its” implies ownership, because it’s a possessive pronoun like “hers”, “his”, and “ours”. Possessive pronouns are all words by themselves and don’t need to be modified for ownership. “The cat ate its food.”

    “it’s” is a contraction of “it is”. “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood”.

    “Which” inquires as part of a finite set. “What” implies an infinite set.

    “Which car is yours?”
    “What is your dream?”

    And it’s “YOU’RE WELCOME”… not “YOUR WELCOME”… GOSH!

  • Kelly

    To add, since it was discussed at my last family gathering…

    Using ‘a’ or ‘an’

    It was remarkably simpler than we thought.