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What is the difference between saying "It doesn't have much effect with the government" and "It doesn't have much effect on the government".
Thanks in advance.
I agree about the Dealing With The Government idea.
Usually "has an effect on...." is the correct one. "The rain had an effect on the dusty street." not- "the rain had an effect with the dusty street".
But in your example I think the phrase -have an effect- has an idea behind it that you are having an argument with the government- dealings with government, and maybe you are with the government in a discussion...so the unusual structure "with" does work.
I think it is probably technically incorrect, but in casual speech you would be understood.