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    Default impact or have an impact

    1)"Being recognized worldwide, the theory tremendously impacted other sciences."

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    2)"After being recognized worldwide, the theory tremendously impacted other sciences."

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    3)"The theory tremendously impacted other sciences after being recognized worldwide."

    Would you stick to "impact" or "have an impact"?

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    Default Re: impact or have an impact

    I think all of your sentences sound great. I would not change to have an impact. But could you? Of course. Writer's choice here.

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    Default Re: impact or have an impact

    The use of impact as a verb seems to be a rather recent American development. Searching the BNC for the phrase impact the produced only 43 instances and in all but a small handful impact was used as a noun.

    In Canada I think we would strongly prefer have an impact on, and I can say for certain that would be my strong preference.

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    Default Re: impact or have an impact

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    The verb "impact" is sometimes used with the prepositions "on" or "upon" as well.

    "That would impact negatively on the state of affairs."

    I think this use of "impact" is most common in legal writing. I would suggest that you avoid it.

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    Default Re: impact or have an impact

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    The use of impact as a verb seems to be a rather recent American development. Searching the BNC for the phrase impact the produced only 43 instances and in all but a small handful impact was used as a noun.

    In Canada I think we would strongly prefer have an impact on, and I can say for certain that would be my strong preference.
    I started hearing it on American news channels a few years ago, and it stood out the first time as I hadn't come across it and it did sound strange, but it's becoming very common, and it is appearing regularly in BrE now. It's economical, clear and catchy, so I can see it becoming widely adopted. I have found myself saying it, though I would still use have an impact on in writing.

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