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Impact ?

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fedupandfifty Thu 06-Mar-14 20:45:03

I keep hearing this as a verb eg "this is going to impact my future". It's driving me nuts: surely it should either be said as"this is going to have an impact on my future" or "this is going to impact on my future"? But not on its own, as a verb with no "on" following?

CocktailQueen Fri 07-Mar-14 10:01:11

It's used like this more and more, and I don't like it either. But it is pretty common, I'm afraid.

TizzyMcTizzy Fri 07-Mar-14 10:04:11

It's a trend. Not a great trend but it is happening with all sorts of nouns.

chateauferret Sat 08-Mar-14 16:24:03

Hmmmpf. What's wrong with "affect"?

fedupandfifty Sat 08-Mar-14 18:37:21

I've just looked it up. Apparently "to impact" is correct. I think it's an Americanism, though.

Still don't like it!

twintery Sat 08-Mar-14 18:41:21

Not sure why it cannot be used as a verb?

CorusKate Sat 08-Mar-14 18:42:12

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Sat 08-Mar-14 18:44:15

I don't like it either; to me, things have an impact. They don't impact, or impact on.

TeenageMutantNinjaTurtle Sat 08-Mar-14 18:50:13

Impacted makes me shudder. The only thing that can be impacted is a tooth.

And impactful. Sigh.

I hate working in an American company, my ears are insulted daily.

7to25 Sun 09-Mar-14 09:34:20

And faeces

Teapot13 Fri 28-Mar-14 14:35:42

No self-respecting American pedant uses "impact" as a verb, TMNJ.

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