Choosing the Right Word

Even the most experienced writers can sometimes struggle with tricky words. Do you ever get confused whether you should use “affect” or “effect” in a sentence? Or is your decision to use “whom” instead of “who” just your method of switching things up a bit, because you’re not really sure when to use one instead of the other? “Lay” and “lie” are also words writers frequently use incorrectly. If these common word choice issues get you bogged down, we can direct you to help! Check out Grammar Girl’s “Quick and Dirty Tips,” at these three sites:

For affect v. effect, go to: http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/affect-versus-effect.aspx.

For who v. whom, go to: http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/who-versus-whom.aspx.

For lay v. lie, go to: http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/lay-versus-lie.aspx.

We hope you find these links helpful! Let DukeWrites know if you have grammar and writing questions, and we’ll try to answer them!

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