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The sentence:
'Not only do dropout rates affect the particular individuals, it also affects society in general. '

For word affect, should it be changed to effect? I'm confused on which word to use. Please help, thanks

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    effect is a noun.
    affect can be either a noun or verb. You need a verb here, for the subject "it".

    Look both words up, see if it has an (effect, affect) on you.
    http://www.onelook.com/

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    I think I should use the verb for it.. but my teacher told me to change "it also affects society in general." to "effects".

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    I strongly disagree with your teacher.

    You're right -- "it also affects society in general."

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    I will ask her again, maybe she made a mistake. Thank you for your help, bobpursley and Ms.Sue!

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    You're very welcome.

    Good luck!!!

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