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    Smile "affect" and "effect"?

    Hello everyone , I'm quite confused about the meaning and usage of these two words between "affect" and "effect"?
    Could anyone please explain to me?
    Thank you very much for your help.

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    Re: "affect" and "effect"?

    Don't be too disheartened -- many native speakers don't know the difference either.

    But the difference is very easy: "affect" is a verb, "effect" is a noun. So, "it affects me" (verb), but, "it has an effect on me" (noun) -- these two sentences mean the same.

    You will often see native speakers using the wrong word. Unfortunately, in an exam, you're not allowed to make the same mistake. One of the difficult things about learning a foreign language is that you have to be better at it than native speakers.

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    Re: "affect" and "effect"?

    Agreed.

    The rule of thumb is, VANE: Verb = Affect, Noun = Effect.

    But . . .

    Affect can be a noun. It means, “emotion” and it's mainly used in the field of social sciences, psychology; e.g., Of course, the soldiers seen on television had been carefully chosen for blandness of affect.

    Effect can be a verb. It means, “to bring about or execute”; e.g., The measures have been designed to effect savings.

    Source: http://www.bartleby.com/

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    Re: "affect" and "effect"?

    Thank you very much for your explanation.

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    Re: "affect" and "effect"?

    You're most welcome.

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