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 Replies to “My contribution to the greater good”

  1. 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.

  2. “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?”
    vs.
    “What is your dream?”

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

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

    Using ‘a’ or ‘an’

    It was remarkably simpler than we thought.

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