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Examples of Affect vs Effect use

Affect vs Effect use

Post by natttt
Posted on 2011-01-20 19:37:54
Affect is a verb with several different meanings.

1. To have an influence on, contribute to a change in
What you do affects all of us
This decision will affect the outcome of the elections
Inflation is affected by natural disasters

2. To touch, move; to act on the emotions of
I was profoundly affected by this movie
His actions were not affected by her pleas

3. To simulate
He likes to affect a British accent
She always affected her eccentricity

In psychology, affect is a noun which refers to a "feeling" or "emotion":

Your son"s lack of affect explains why you find it difficult to gauge his moods.

Effect is most commonly used as a noun, and has three meanings.

1. Result, something brought about by someone or something
What was the effect of her decision?
Side effects include nausea and fatigue
I don"t think it will have any effect on the outcome
The law will go into effect tomorrow
You can clearly see the cause and effect

2. Something that gives the impression/sense of something else
The special effects were amazing
Mirrors will give the effect of a larger space
He said that just for effect

3. Effects can refer to belongings
Did you bring any personal effects?

As a verb, to effect means "to bring about, lead to a result"
The only way to effect change is to participate
What is the best way to effect these improvements?
This should effect a whole new way of thinking about it

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