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    Default Re: effect vs affect ?

    Hi

    there is another meaning for affect,it means to pretend or to feel something.
    And about the examples made by Casiopea:

    I think they could be like this:
    To affect people; to have an influence on them not to change them.
    To effect rain ; to make it raining ( to make something happen not to create it)

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    Default Re: effect vs affect ?

    Here's how my father taught me this lesson forty years ago:

    "A few drinks will affect his recovery." It will change the natural course of his recovery, for either the better or the worse.

    " A few drinks will effect his recovery." It will cause him to recover.

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    Default Re: effect vs affect ?

    In my opinion , the second sentence would be:

    A few drinks will effect recovery " for him" ( means a few drinks will make recovery happen ).
    So, the pharse will be wrong because drinks will make the situation worsen .
    As I understand, the meaning of 'effect' as verb is to make something happen, and I think it's not appropriate to use it in this case after all.

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    Default Re: effect vs affect ?

    Well, Zaed, if you've ever had a hangover, you would know that a few drinks (also known as a hair of the dog that bit you) certainly would effect your recovery.

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    Default Re: effect vs affect ?

    I understand you, Salah. I am also confused by the 'recovery' thing.

    Mykwyner: You effect a recovery with a few drinks, means that the drinks are effective for your recovery, right? The question is: recovery from what? As far as I know, drinking only makes things worse.

    Could these examples help?

    * Effect as a verb means "to bring about" or "to effect a change."

    El Nino is effected by (caused by) global warming.

    * When you affect something, you have an effect on it.

    Air pollution affects (has an effect on) the global climate. It is a pretty effective (not affective) means of damaging our environment.
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    Default Re: Affect vs. Effect

    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    But effect means to make sth happen, right?
    And affect means to influence, right?
    Yep.


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    Default Re: effect vs affect ?

    Quote Originally Posted by qhoc0010 View Post
    As a verb, what is the difference between "effect" and "affect"?
    Hi guys !
    i am also confused about some word of English like MAN and MEN
    and also there are many word like it .

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    Default Re: effect vs affect ?

    Man and men are different; man is single. men is plural form for man, they are completely different from affect and effect.

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    Default Re: Affect vs. Effect

    These words are really confusing. I want to share an article with you guys that my wife wrote sums this stuff up pretty well. (The Affect of an Effect…or Something Like That | (un)Enlightened English

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    It is true that affect is generally used as a verb and effect as as noun however there are ways that affect can be a noun and effect as a verb although rare.

    I think out of all the words in the English language, these are close to the top of confusing ones

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    Default Re: effect vs affect ?

    Quote Originally Posted by qhoc0010 View Post
    As a verb, what is the difference between "effect" and "affect"?
    As a verb affect means “to act on” or “to move” (Her generosity affected those at the hurricane shelter so potently that many shed tears)

    As a verb effect means “to bring about, accomplish” (His department effected drastic improvements.)

    Note: "Effect" is primarily used as a noun; "Affect" as a verb. Both technically have dual noun/verb usage possibilities.
    Last edited by pnker67; 29-Sep-2009 at 13:54.

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