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is there any difference between "affect" and "effect"?

asked Jun 18 '13 at 12:28 Scarlet Darwin Contributor

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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).

From Oxford.

link answered Jun 18 '13 at 12:40 Rahul Gupta Expert

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Scarlet DarwinJun 18 '13 at 12:43

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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

thanks Michael

Scarlet DarwinJun 18 '13 at 12:52

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