This is supposed to be a blog about my life in New Zealand as if life here is inherently different from life in Scotland. Now that I have lived here for six months every year since 2005 it's become apparent to me that life is life wherever you are. This blog is really just my notebook on the half of of my life which happens here in New Zealand. It's not peculiarly Kiwi it's just life.
Did you know (of course you didn't, why would you?) that affect is one of the most searched-for words in Oxford Dictionaries Online. That is probably because a lot of people are confused about the difference between affect and effect, two words which have almost the same spelling, but very different meanings.
I seem to have lived for 69 year without being confused but recently I have had to stop and think which is which.
The key thing to remember is that affect is typically used as a verb:
- His time at school had affected his outlook on life.
On the other hand, effect is most commonly used as a noun:
- What were the effects of your schooling on your outlook on life.
Hopefully my natural instinct as to which is which will now return. I hope that I haven't suddenly confused you.