effect or affect


when to use 'effected' or 'affected'?

asked Feb 01 '12 at 15:15 richard hall New member

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Affect is a verb

Effect is a noun


Affect: How has the time change affected you?

Effect: This medicine has several side effects.


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link comment answered Feb 01 '12 at 15:31 Jennifer Monroy New member

Typically, I follow the rule that affect is a verb and effect is a noun.


But affect as a noun means: A feeling of emotion as distinguished from cognition, thought or action (accent on the first syl.: AF-fekt).  Source: 6,000 Soundalikes, Look-alikes, and other Words Often Confused, compiled by Mary Louise Gilman


Don't mean to confuse the issue.

link comment answered Feb 01 '12 at 18:23 Dawn P. New member

Yes.  Effect is a noun in most cases.  But one does not affect change in a system.  One effects change.  Just that one exception, as far as I know, but important if writing a report on upgrading or altering something.

link comment answered Feb 02 '12 at 01:59 David Collins New member



Affect - means to 'change' or 'alter' something.

Effect - is a result of something.




You could think of 'cause and effect' to help.

Cause - The reason something happened.

Effect - The reaction or result of the cause.

link comment answered Oct 03 '14 at 13:30 David Shivaji New member

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