What's the difference between effective and affective?


What's the difference between effective and affective?

asked Jan 14 '11 at 17:12 Brad New member

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Effective is an adjective derived from the noun 'effect', which means 'a result.'  Effective means 'producing results'.

Affective is an adjective used predominately in psychology, which means 'coming from emotions.'

The verb, 'to affect', which is used outside of psychology, means 'to influence.'



link answered Jan 17 '11 at 14:41 Kimberly Expert

Thank you Kimberly! This is the most effective explanation that I have ever read, regarding the proper use of, 'effective', and 'affective'. It will certainly have a positive affect on my future grammar.

Brook AtkinsonOct 08 '14 at 20:45

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I always have  problem of mixing these words and use it wrong way.

link comment answered Jun 22 '11 at 05:27 Umu_bushra New member

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