Errors are oftentimes committed in the use of words having similarities in spelling or pronunciation but not in meaning.
Choose the correct word to complete each sentence.
- What is the (affect, effect) of smoking to one’s health?
- Does a clerk’s attitude towards work (affect, effect ) his performance?
- The Covid-19 pandemic (affects, effects) our way of life.
- A person’s behavior has a tremendous (affect, effect) on his personality.
- It isn’t safe to pass through a dark (alley, ally).
- A politician is fortunate to have an ( alley, ally) in that rebellious group.
- Are you sure your (alley, ally) will defend you during critical times?
- An (alley, ally) was put up to accommodate passersby.
- The promotion policy of the company (affects, effects) the employees’ performance.
- The promotion policy of the company (affects, effects) a favorable change in the employees’ performance.
ALLEY rhymes with VALLEY.
An ALLEY is a narrow passageway. (See sentences 5 and 8).
ALLY rhymes with APPLY.
An ALLY is a close associate, supporter or friend. (See sentences 6 and 7).
AFFECT (verb) means “to influence.” ( See sentences 2, 3, and 9).
Used as a verb, EFFECT means “to bring about.” ( See sentence 10).
Used as a noun, EFFECT means “result.” (See sentences 1 and 4).*