impact : Common Errors in English

About impact

One (very large) group of people thinks that using “impact” as a verb is just nifty: “The announcement of yet another bug in the software will strongly impact the price of the company’s stock.” Another (very passionate) group of people thinks that “impact” should be used only as a noun and considers the first group to be barbarians. Although the first group may well be winning the usage struggle, you risk offending more people by using “impact” as a verb than you will by substituting more traditional words like “affect” or “influence.”

impact Meaning(s)

  • (n) the striking of one body against another
  • (n) a forceful consequence; a strong effect
  • (n) influencing strongly
  • (n) the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat
  • (v) press or wedge together; pack together
  • (v) have an effect upon

impact in News

  1. TNA Impact Wrestling stars come to Power Park

    Superstars from TNA Impact Wrestling will bring high-intensity Basebrawl Tour to Charleston at 7:30 p.m. Friday at West Virginia Power Park.The family-oriented event includes scheduled matches featuring Bully Ray, Jeff Hardy, James Storm, Gunner, Kurt Angl...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Charleston Daily Mail

  2. Impact with Martin Sheen Exploring the Popularity of Distance Learning

    Impact with Martin Sheen will show audiences how more Americans are taking advantage of distance learning in a new report set for a July debut. (PRWeb June 11, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  3. Montreal Impact president Joey Saputo calls for "common ground" on Quebec turban issue

    MONTREAL – Montreal Impact president Joey Saputo called for dialogue between the Canadian Soccer Association and the Quebec Soccer Federation on Tuesday, hours after the CSA suspended the provincial body over its ban on turbans.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: MLS via Yahoo! Sports

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