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    affect

    Does the following sentence make sense? For example, can I use "affect" in front of "youth"?

    Many states and localities have made legislative or practice changes to reform their juvenile justice systems to affect youth outcomes, public safety, justice system costs, and adolescent development, particularly tactics that may produce stress and trauma.
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    #2

    Re: affect

    Your entire sentence is ungrammatical - it doesn't start with a capital letter and it doesn't end with a punctuation mark.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: affect

    If I correct them, does it make sense?

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    Re: affect

    Try correcting them (using the "Edit Post" function) and then we'll let you know.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: affect

    Yes, you can say "to affect youth outcomes".
    "particularly tactics that may produce stress and trauma" doesn't seem to have a subject or a referent.

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    #6

    Re: affect

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "particularly tactics that may produce stress and trauma" doesn't seem to have a subject or a referent.
    I thought the same thing. It's stuck out there at the end of a list and doesn't seem to apply to the last thing on the list, which is what I would expect it to apply to.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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