affect change or effect change

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effect change or affect change

Poll ended at Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:28 am

I believe I can begin to affect change on the institutional level.
10
19%
I believe I can begin to effect change on the institutional level.
42
81%
 
Total votes: 52

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ArchRoark
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Re: affect change or effect change

Postby ArchRoark » Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:19 pm

mdallavis wrote:Yeah!

Also, OP, if we were real Grammar Nazis, you'd be dead by now.


lol

Anyways, do you suggest I drop the "I believe" in the following? or perhaps change it to "intend"?

By working to expand the use of these courts, I believe I can begin to effect change on the institutional level.

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Ford Prefect
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Re: affect change or effect change

Postby Ford Prefect » Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:35 pm

Tiva wrote:
mdallavis wrote:Yeah!

Also, OP, if we were real Grammar Nazis, you'd be dead by now.


lol

Anyways, do you suggest I drop the "I believe" in the following? or perhaps change it to "intend"?

By working to expand the use of these courts, I believe I can begin to effect change on the institutional level.


Try this, maybe:

By working to expand the use of these courts, I can begin to help effect change on the institutional level.

Although I don't like the sound of it. How about:

I intend to effect change on the institutional level by working to expand the use of these courts.

I didn't sleep last night, so any thoughts I might have could be rubbish. Listen to me at your own peril.

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esq
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Re: affect change or effect change

Postby esq » Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:31 pm

I would phrase it like this:

By working to expand the use of these courts, I would like to effect a change at the institutional level.

I think that you are trying to bring about a change at, not on, your subject. I suppose you could say "at an institutional level" as well, depending on the institutional context that you refer to. Also, I think that they know you believe in yourself, so that might not be worth mentioning. I think that simply letting them know what you would - it's a tentative desire at this point - like to do is appropriate. You most likely are not begining this, but building on what is there, so I would also take out "begin." Hope this helps.

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12AngryMen
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Re: affect change or effect change

Postby 12AngryMen » Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:00 am

Hmmm . . . you're acting for change on the level of excellence, acting being a verb, and affect being a verb to act on. Definetly its affect change. Don't matter though, cuase by using 'affect change' you are a tool.

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Zugzwang
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Re: affect change or effect change

Postby Zugzwang » Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:02 am

12AngryMen wrote:Hmmm . . . you're acting for change on the level of excellence, acting being a verb, and affect being a verb to act on. Definetly its affect change. Don't matter though, cuase by using 'affect change' you are a tool.

You're a tool.

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12AngryMen
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Re: affect change or effect change

Postby 12AngryMen » Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:05 am

Zugzwang wrote:
12AngryMen wrote:Hmmm . . . you're acting for change on the level of excellence, acting being a verb, and affect being a verb to act on. Definetly its affect change. Don't matter though, cuase by using 'affect change' you are a tool.

You're a tool.


N.I.G.G.A, PLEASE!

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blackwater88
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Re: affect change or effect change

Postby blackwater88 » Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:57 am

Something people might have missed, shouldn't it be "at the institutional level"? Given that he wants to create the change and not merely alter the change?




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