I want to use the phrase in a letter going out to municipal authorities. Note that I have added submissions listing examples of the negative effects or negative impacts of the construction project. “We, the residents, impacted by the construction project”. Mmm, now I am wondering about the tense. Should it say “have been impacted by” or “ we, the residents, impacted by”... Or, We, the residents affected by...”
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If you're writing to municipal authorities, I suggest:
We, the residents, have been adversely affected by the construction project.
The first try:
We, the residents, impacted by the construction project.
is not a sentence. It is in the passive voice, because the residents are not impacting. Any of the following would be grammatically correct:
We, the residents, have been impacted by the construction project. We, the residents, are impacted by the construction project. We, the residents, will be impacted by the construction project.
I prefer "adversely affected" to its idiomatic counterpart "negatively impacted." Neither verb always implies a bad result, so it's best to make the fact that you are aggrieved clear with an adverb. "Adversely affected" will make them think a lawyer wrote the letter, and that's not a bad thing. Your Town Council will understand either formulation well enough.
And, no, this is not legal advice. (One can't be too careful these days.)
The correct form is "affected by…". "Impact" is not a verb, but a noun. Although some people do use it as a verb, it is frowned upon in most professional circles.