A Question To My Readers To Improve My English Skills 9


I just got contacted by Giles Habibula who wanted to make me aware of a linguistic mistake I made. When I tried to reply I learned that his e-mail address isn’t working.

Maybe you can help me out so that I can understand this and don’t make this mistake in the future.

Here is the message I receive from Giles:

You, sir, are unaware of the difference between "effect" and "affect" which causes one to doubt your competence in other areas.

For a better understanding: this is on my video tutorial series How clothes effect breasts. You can find this tutorials by clicking here.

This following was the reply that I send and that was undeiverable. Maybe you can tell me the right way to use ‘effect’ and ‘affect’.

Dear Mr./Mrs. Habibula,

Thank you very much to bring this under my attention. As I mention on my about page I’m not a native English speaker. I never had lessons in it and are completely self taught.

According to the Collins COBUILD dictionary I got this definition of ‘effect’:
The effect of one thing on another (in this case clothes on breasts) is the change that the first thing causes to the second thing.

This is what the same dictionary says about the word ‘affect’:
If something affects a person or a thing, it influences them or cause them to change in some way.

As I assume that you are a native English speaker with much love for the right use of this language. You will understand that this two definitions above can be a little bit confusing.

I’m very grateful that you brought this to my attention as I asked my visitors on my about page to attend me on every linguistic flaw. I love to learn. So, thank you very much for explaining why I have chosen the wrong word. I really appreciate that.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

And of course I wish all my readers a wonderful weekend.


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