Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, effect vs. affect, grammar, personal effects or personal affects, Quiz, word meaning
Which is correct?
Among the items you should never leave on your desk are _____________ with sensitive information, such as credit card statements.
a. personal affects
b. personal effects
A personal effect is a personal item. This term pops up mostly in the contexts of things they hold for you while you’re in jail or things you leave someone in a will. However, it’s also used to describe personal items you may (but shouldn’t) leave on your desk.
Totally understandable why I shouldn’t leave tax documents or my credit card bill on the desk. But why they want me to remove my vintage troll doll collection, I’ll never understand.
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