Affect vs. effect?

Subject: Affect vs. effect?
From: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2001 13:02:44 -0500

Matt Floyd wonders which is correct:

<<Canceling an item in the box will effect the block utilization
percentage.>>

Only if you mean that cancelling somehow creates (effects) that percentage.
(One useful mnemonic: "e" in effects and "e" in create.)

<<Canceling an item in the box will affect block utilization percentage.>>

Only if you mean that cancelling changes (affects) that percentage. (One
useful mnemonic: "a" in affects and "a" in changes).

--Geoff Hart, FERIC, Pointe-Claire, Quebec
geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
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