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    #1

    Blue has a positive effect on one's mind.

    Hi! Could somebody help with the following sentence please:

    [...]Beside the other colors, the color "blue" effects (or works?) optimistic (or optimistically?).


    Meaning: Blue has a positive effect on one's mind.

    Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: Adverb or Adjective for qualifying effects of colors?

    Welcome to the forum, Beginner79.

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    If the attempt is your own, tell us why you want to paraphrase a perfectly good sentence.

    In what context was this dubious statement made?

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    Re: Blue has a positive effect on one's mind.

    The text is mine. I am writing a text about effects of colors on moods.

    So, in the sentence: "the color "blue" effects (or works?) optimistic (or optimistically?)."

    to effect and to work are exchangeable?

    I'm really dubious about using the adjective or the adverb here since I don't know what is qualified in the sentence above.

    The meaning is: the color blue has a positive effect on your mind.

    Thank you!


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    #4

    Re: Blue has a positive effect on one's mind.

    This one is phrased correctly (but it needs to start with a capital letter): the color blue has a positive effect on your mind. The other sentences are incorrect.
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    #5

    Re: Blue has a positive effect on one's mind.

    Blue is an optimistic color.

    I found this:
    http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=optim...&findid=-1&ff=

    However, I'm not sure if it has the meaning you wish to convey.

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    #6

    Re: Blue has a positive effect on one's mind.

    Thanks for your answers.

    My question is only about the sentence:

    The color "blue" effects (or works?) optimistic (or optimistically?).

    Can I use to effect and to work here as synonyms?

    Do I have to use the adverb optimistically or the adjective optimistic? Or is here also an object strictly necessary to have a complete grammatically correct sentence?

    The context is an essay about colors and here I talk about the effect of blue on you.

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    Re: Blue has a positive effect on one's mind.

    I can't think of a way to make a grammatical sentence from those words. You could write Blue promotes optimism, which I think is the belief you're trying to express.

    Don't surround names of colors in quotation marks unless you're quoting something.
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    #8

    Re: Blue has a positive effect on one's mind.

    You need to remember that "effect" is a noun and "affect" is a verb, so "Blue effects + adverb" is incorrect.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: Blue has a positive effect on one's mind.

    Perhaps "Blue bestows a sense of optimism" or even "Blue gives off an optimistic vibe".

    On a side note, I've never heard of blue generating optimism. Generally it's associated with sadness or depression, or similarly coolness (in art theory). Even the pseudo-science of color psychology suggests it has calming or relaxing effects, rather than stimulating effects.
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