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    Effect or Affect

    Effect or Affect



    I’m sure this has be beat to its deserving death, but even after reading several ‘explanations’, I remain as out to sea as ever.

    To me, both can be used in any related application, and only the most OCD of grammarians can know which.
    Anyway, this friggin’ word always stumps me, especially after reading something like this;

    Affect and effect are easy to mix up. Here’s the short version of how to use affect vs. effect. Affect is usually a verb, and it means to impact or change. Effect is usually a noun, an effect is the result of a change. Watch out! There are certain situations and fixed phrases that break the general usage rules for these words.
    Now that the basics are out of the way, the time has come to learn the intricacies of how to use affect and effect effectively. Or is it affectively? If you’re lucky, it may well be a little bit of both. (For the curious, effective would mean successful in this context. And when it comes to grammar, success is the goal.)


    Does this effect…affect……disturb anyone else like this?
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    I see them used incorrectly (at least as far as how I was taught was the proper use) all the time. I still usually have to think about it,but I think I usually get it right.

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    Effect is a noun.
    Affect is a verb.

    Yeah, that clears it up!

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    It dosn’t affect me at all, has no effect whatsoever ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. Robinson View Post
    I see them used incorrectly (at least as far as how I was taught was the proper use) all the time. I still usually have to think about it,but I think I usually get it right.
    Sometimes I have to think about it too but I get it right.

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    I couldn't resist posting on here.
    Forget about nouns, verbs and adjectives for a moment.

    Effect is a passive word. Some "thing" has to be done, said or happen for the word "effect" to be used correctly. For example, When my boss chewed me out, his words had a negative effect on me. An effect is the result of something active occuring.

    Affect, on the other hand, is a very active word. It is almost the opposite of the word "effect". For example, If I want to affect change in my workplace, I need to prepare my facts for senior management. Here, you are actively doing something to change an outcome.

    "Affect" is what you need to do in order to see the "effect". "Effect" is the result of an action. "Affect" is the action.

    Hope this helps, at least somewhat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uptosnuff View Post
    I couldn't resist posting on here.
    Forget about nouns, verbs and adjectives for a moment.

    Effect is a passive word. Some "thing" has to be done, said or happen for the word "effect" to be used correctly. For example, When my boss chewed me out, his words had a negative effect on me. An effect is the result of something active occuring.

    Affect, on the other hand, is a very active word. It is almost the opposite of the word "effect". For example, If I want to affect change in my workplace, I need to prepare my facts for senior management. Here, you are actively doing something to change an outcome.

    "Affect" is what you need to do in order to see the "effect". "Effect" is the result of an action. "Affect" is the action.

    Hope this helps, at least somewhat.
    it actually did...somewhat

    now, to remember

    maybe a cute little saying, like; this could affect the effect
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uptosnuff View Post
    I couldn't resist posting on here.
    Forget about nouns, verbs and adjectives for a moment.

    Effect is a passive word. Some "thing" has to be done, said or happen for the word "effect" to be used correctly. For example, When my boss chewed me out, his words had a negative effect on me. An effect is the result of something active occuring.

    Affect, on the other hand, is a very active word. It is almost the opposite of the word "effect". For example, If I want to affect change in my workplace, I need to prepare my facts for senior management. Here, you are actively doing something to change an outcome.

    "Affect" is what you need to do in order to see the "effect". "Effect" is the result of an action. "Affect" is the action.

    Hope this helps, at least somewhat.
    Yep. This is very good distinctive clarification.

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    The effect of a "di-stink-tive" full disclosure may affect the outcome of the game!


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    The effect of the punch affected him severely.
    He was affected negatively by the effect of the medicine.

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    he effectively affected his decision ?

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    lotsa good usage examples
    My beleaguered mind is searching for an 'except after C' aphorismy thingy

    or

    effect-noun
    affect-verb

    affect-action
    effect-????...need sumpm here that starts with an e

    then all I gotta do is paste it somewhere handy in my frontal lobe
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Loud sound effects can affect hearing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingsX View Post
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    Loud sound effects can affect hearing.

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