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Thanks for the quiz; it was fun!

I was a little surprised at your post, though; to me the two words are very different, whether in noun or verb form, and I don't seem to have trouble distinguishing them (the quiz was quite easy). Maybe I've just encountered "effect" as a verb (in business) and "affect" as a noun (my sister is a psychologist) often enough that all four meanings get reinforced.

Kiri May 2, 2009, 11:04pm

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"He calls me up all the time" need not mean that someone is naming you "up". "Up" in this context is a particle, attached to the verb "calls", which modifies the meaning of the verb. It's just like the difference between "roll" and "roll up" in contexts such as "roll up the window" -- not to be confused with "up" used as a preposition, like "roll up the hill". A particle modifies the verb, while a preposition modifies (attaches) the following noun phrase.

Kiri August 15, 2008, 4:20pm

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Is it more palatable as

"Hey, you're that goofy kid whom Sandra makes do crazy stuff!"


Kiri August 15, 2008, 4:12pm

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