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    what is an effected Direct Object and what is an affected Direct Object?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ancasandu View Post
    what is an effected Direct Object and what is an affected Direct Object?
    He opened the book.
    'The book' is directly affected by his action.
    Affected object-book.
    He built a house.
    A house is 'effected' by his action.
    A house-effected object.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ancasandu View Post
    what is an effected Direct Object and what is an affected Direct Object?
    In addition, from Linguipedia

    A relatively old semantic-role distinction is that between affected objects, i.e. patients which are affected by the verbal action, and effected objects, i.e. participants which come into being as a result of the verbal action.
    • ... [the] distinction, ..., can be seen in Sentences 1 and 2.

    1. John ruined the table. [affected object]
    2. John built the table. [effected object]
    Note that in one case the object is understood as existing antecedently to John's activities, while in the other case its existence resulted from John's activities." (Fillmore 1968:4)
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    affected = influenced, as in to undergo change
    affected objects: open the door, paint the house, destroy a house
    effected = resulted
    effected objects: paint a painting, build a house, draw a line

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