(English) You call it a side effect or you say it a side effect, which one is better to use?

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  • 3 weeks ago
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    The first, unless you write 'you say IT'S a side effect'.   In which case either, depending on the writer's style.

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Whatever you say, "side-effect" is one word, not two.

    Nobody says "this effect is side"

    • RE
      Lv 7
      3 weeks agoReport

      You need to get a new English teacher, Zirp. Overall your English is pretty good, but someone is teaching you grammar rules [not grammar-rules] that do not exist in either BE or AE.

  • 3 weeks ago

    You CALL it a side effect.

  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Without knowing what the rest of the sentence is, it's unclear.

    But if you're talking about, for example, steroids and having a very bad temper, you could say - 

    a) "You would call it a side effect."

    You could also say, 

    b) "You say that it is a side effect but ..."

    If you use 'say' you need a verb - in that case, IS.  You can't say 'It a ... something'. You'd have to say, "It is a ... something."

    Also, when you write or say, "You say it is ..." that implies that you're going to add something to that, like 'but' or 'because' or 'although' and give an explanation.

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  • Lôn
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    "You call it a side effect"... or...."You say it's a side effect."

    "You say it a side effect "is incorrect.

  • A.J.
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    You call it a side effect, or something has a side effect.

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