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Using Words Correctly 1


Some words have subtle differences in meaning. Pay attention to the following:

  • affect, effect: Affect is usually a verb meaning "act on or influence." Effect is usually a noun meaning "result."

    My mood affects the kind of comics I draw.

    I often use loopy motion lines to create a comical effect.

  • base, bass: Base is the bottom part of something, a military establishment, or a plate in baseball. Bass refers to a low-pitched instrument or voice, or to a fish.

    I once drew a cat playing a bass guitar.

    The Tomcats were playing at an Army base.

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