go get ’em Grammar Girl!

Mignon Fogarty, Grammar Girl, can be found at quickanddirtytips.com. She provides quick tips to aid English speaking natives and second language learners alike, in ways that make grammar interesting and memorable. She refers to herself as our friendly guide to the writing world, and as such she encourages us to take our lessons either by the written word or by listening to a podcast, or both. In fact, for her downloadable podcasts, she has been awarded Best Education Podcasts in both 2006 and 2007.

One of the most common grammar dilemmas regards the use of affect or effect. Fogarty claims that 95% of the time affect is a verb, and effect is a noun. We’ve all heard this before, but it is still difficult to remember. Grammar Girl provides both a mnemonic and an illustration to help imprint it on our minds: Arrows affect (verb) the aardvark, while the effect (noun) was eyepopping.

This is one upbeat, preppy grammarian!

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