Homework Help: Affect vs. Effect

Do you know what a homophone is? (Clue: it has nothing to do with homosexuality or homogenised milk.)

Homophones are words which are pronounced the same as one another (i.e. they sound identical), but which mean different things, and are often spelt differently. People often confuse homophones with one another, such as when someone on Facebook says “your beautiful”, when what they actually mean is “you’re beautiful”.

But today’s homophone example is one that even copywriters have to pause and think about. And that is the classic dilemma of “affect” vs. “effect”.  

You CAN Begin a Sentence with ‘And’ or ‘But’. Really!

I’m a grammar warrior. It says so in my author bio.

Don’t believe me? Ask my friends. (Although many of them would probably use the less-PC term “grammar Nazi”.)

Ok, so I’m a grammar warrior. So what?

Well, I want you to know I’m a grammar warrior so that you know you can trust and believe what I’m about to tell you. Because as the sort of person who struggles to write ‘who’ when I know it should actually be ‘whom’, if I say you can write something, then you damn well can.

So believe me when I say this: it is 100% okay to start a sentence with ‘but’ or ‘and’.

I mean it.