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    How can 'perpetrate' and 'effect' share the same word class?




    Main Entry:
    perpetrate  [pur-pi-treyt] Show IPA
    Part of Speech:
    verb
    Definition:
    be responsible for
    Synonyms:
    Antonyms:

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    A British English teacher told me
    here that the word effect is a noun. However, while I was looking for the meaning of perpetrate, I found its synonym effect.

    My question is, can this affect its word class; lexical/open class? In other words, shouldn’t its synonym be affect as long as the word perpetrate is a verb?

    Thank you.

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    Re: How can 'perpetrate' and 'effect' share the same word class?

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    A British English teacher told me here that the word effect is a noun.
    No.

    ems was talking about the word 'effect' in a different context.

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    Re: How can 'perpetrate' and 'effect' share the same word class?

    Effect is used both as a verb and as a noun.

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    Re: How can 'perpetrate' and 'effect' share the same word class?

    In addition, I did not say in that thread that "effect" is a noun. I said that the word used should have been "affect". I referred only to the sentence you posted in that other thread and I did not mention nouns or verbs.

    As probus said, "effect" can be a verb or a noun.
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