is there any difference between "affect" and "effect"?
Affect and effect are quite different in meaning, though frequently confused. Affect is primarily a verb meaning ‘make a difference to’, as in their gender need not affect their career. Effect, on the other hand, is used both as a noun and a verb, meaning ‘a result’ as a noun (move the cursor until you get the effect you want) or ‘bring about a result’ as a verb (growth in the economy can only be effected by stringent economic controls).
|link||answered Jun 18 '13 at 12:40 Rahul Gupta Expert|
Yes, there's a difference, which many people misunderstand. To "affect" is a verb which broadly means to change the state of something, as in "the hot weather affects my asthma". "Effect", on the other hand, is mainly used as a noun, similar to "result" or "outcome", as in "inflation is an effect of economic mismanagement". It can also be used as a verb, synonymous with "bring about", as in "the government has effected a major change. It will affect our daily lives."
|link||answered Jun 18 '13 at 12:50 Michael Cranfield Expert|
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