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Listen to this excerpt from Mignon Fogarty's audiobook Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips to Clean Up Your Writing and learn the difference between "affect" and "effect" and between "backward" and "backwards." Mignon Fogarty can't remember whether it was a misused semicolon, a chronic case of comma splicing, or an "affect" when an "effect" was called for, but at some point she had seen one mangled sentence too many.
Mignon Fogarty is the creator of Grammar Girl and founder of Quick and Dirty Tips. A technical writer and entrepreneur, she has served as an editor and producer at a number of health and science Web sites. She has a B.A. in English and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University.
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