Grammar Correction

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  1. animalfarm190

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    Under Volume I - DC » Basic Concepts Of Electricity »

    Error:
    In the statement, "'fluids' were able to effect a physical force over," "effect" should be "affect."

    In this case the verb should be used.
    X affects(v.) Y, Y is affected(v.) by X. Y feels the effects(n.) of Y.
     
  2. MrChips

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    "effect" can be a verb as well as a noun.

    "were able to effect a physical force" is correct.

    changing to "affect" would alter the meaning of the sentence.
     
  3. DerStrom8

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    I second what Mr. Chips says. In this case, the verb "effect" is used to say that the 'fluids' caused an effect (n).

    It was a good thought though, I have met many people who don't know the difference between "effect" and "affect".

    Matt
     
  4. Electric Al

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  5. WBahn

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    I'll third. When trying to decide on this one, I try replacements along the line of

    effects => creates
    effect => created

    affects => alters
    affect => alter

    I'm sure this isn't bulletproof, but it gives me a good starting point.
     
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