Affect vs. Effect

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Please explain the difference between affect and effect.

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I think "affect" is a verb, while "effect" is a noun.
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lucyarliwu said:
I think "affect" is a verb, while "effect" is a noun.
:) :p

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It is true that affect is used as a verb more often than effect is, but either of them can be used as either verb or noun. People often get the two confused, but they do not mean the same thing.

Affect as a verb means to influence, while effect means to bring about.

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Of course there are the noun definitions of these words which people seem to confuse some times.

affect - an influence on something or someone - a good affect - a bad affect - or any type of "affect" - something that affects someone or someone could also change something or someone in some way

Harsh winters can affect people from warmer climates in a negative way, then again others from warmer climates seem to adapt quite well.

effect - something that highlights or enhances something in some way - something that adds on in some way - or perhaps even subtracts in some way - could be a change - Effects are usually added to make something more noticeable, standout more, add another tone or flavor to something - It could be something to do with the way we speak or write - Or it could be something artistic - painting - music - writing - acting - architecture - design - clothing design - Things are added for "effect".

The artist's use of bold and bright colors is a very good effect. The colors easily catch one's eye.
 

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CitySpeak's presence affected the meeting positively. His speech brought about the effect he intended.

The sun's rays affected the atmosphere by warming it. The increased warmth was the effect of the sun's rays. The sun's rays effected a change by warming the atmosphere. The influence of the sun is a powerful effect.

A: How do you think the new program will affect things?
B: I think it will affect things in a good way. I think its effect will be a positive one.

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lucyarliwu said:
I think "affect" is a verb, while "effect" is a noun.
:) :p

Have a good weekend!


lucy
That's certainly the way it gets tested in exams, although 'effect' can be a verb, but one that is rarely used. :eek:
 
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Affect vs Effect

Hi,

Lucy was concerned with the affect that the murder was having on her daughter.

Lucy was concerned with the effect that the murder was having on her daughter.

Can anyone tell me which of the above is correct?

Any help would be appreciated.
 

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Re: Question.

Tibbs said:
Hi,

Lucy was concerned with the affect that the murder was having on her daughter.

Lucy was concerned with the effect that the murder was having on her daughter.

Can anyone tell me which of the above is correct?

Any help would be appreciated.

The second one is correct.

Lucy was concerned with the effect that the murder was having on her daughter. - That's how to use "effect" as a noun.

to have an effect on = to affect
 

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Re: Question.

Tibbs said:
Hi,

Lucy was concerned with the affect that the murder was having on her daughter.

Lucy was concerned with the effect that the murder was having on her daughter.

Can anyone tell me which of the above is correct?

Any help would be appreciated.

Notice where 'effect/affect' is situated in our example sentence:

Lucy was concerned with the effect/affect that the murder was having on her daughter.

The determiner "the" tells us that effect is the correct choice. :wink: Only nouns can be modified by "the": effect is a noun and it means, the/a result; affect is a verb, and it means, to influence.

Lucy was concerned with the effect that the murder was having on her daughter.

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effect vs affect ?

As a verb, what is the difference between "effect" and "affect"?
 
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qhoc0010

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Yeah. but "effect" can be also verb too. The link only show "effect" is used as noun. If both are used as verb, what are the differences though?
 

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qhoc0010 said:
Yeah, but "effect" can be also verb. The link only shows "effect" as noun. If both are used as a verb, what are the differences then?

affect (vb.) influence____, impact____
This news will probably affect everyone.
What's affecting you?

effect (vb.) bring about_____, place ______into existence RARE
He claimed to have the ability to effect rain. (bring about rain)
Could a law banning handguns [/u]ever be effected nationwide? (ever be put into existence nationwide?)

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so, let me make it easy to understand. Please correct me if I am wrong.
"affect" is used when some property is assigned to some object?!!
EX: This news will probably affect everyone
-> "this news" gives "everyone" some "characteristics/properties" of "the news" that "everyone" has never had before

"effect" is used when some object did not come to existen before, now it does
EX: He claimed to have the ability to effect rain
"rain" did not happen, not until the action from the "ability" that "he" claims
 

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To affect people (to change people)
To effect rain (to create rain, to make rain)

Click on the link below for an exercise on affect and effect. Use the synonyms 'change' and 'create' to help you decide which verb to use.

Click here to practise
 

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Re: effect vs affect ?

OXFORD minidictionary says:''Usage do not confuse the verbs effect and affect. He effected an entrance means'he got in somehow' but this won't affect me means 'my life won't be changed by this''.

almost as casiopea has said, I hope this can help. J
 

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Re: effect vs affect ?

Hello.
Because of similarity in pronunciation, AFFECT and EFFECT are sometimes confused in writing. The verb AFFECT means "to act on" or "to move", as in: His words affected the crowd so deeply that many wept. The verb EFFECT means "to bring about, accomplish". For instance: The new taxes effected many changes in people's lives. EFFECT can also function as a noun meaning "result, consequence": the tragic effects of the earthquake.
 
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