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I think that many dictionaries include usage notes on these two words. For instance, the American Heritage Dictionary:
Affect and effect have no senses in common. As a verb affect is most commonly used in the sense of "to influence" (how smoking affects health). Effect means "to bring about or execute": layoffs designed to effect savings. Thus the sentence These measures may affect savings could imply that the measures may reduce savings that have already been realized, whereas These measures may effect savings implies that the measures will cause new savings to come about.
AffectIn order to understand the correct situation in which to use the word affect or effect, the first thing one must do is have a clear understanding of what each word means. According to yourDictionary.com, the word Affect means:
EffectThe word effect has a different meaning. Here is the meaning according to yourDictionary.com:
Grammar Rules for Affect and EffectNow that we have the two definitions, how do we know which word to use? Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind:
1. If you are talking about a result, then use the word "effect."
Anonymous:Hey I am writing my personal statement and my tutor won't be able to review it so I was wondering if I am using the word 'effect' in the right context:
' One of the experiments that I undertook whilst at college was the production of aspirin. It really amazed me that such a small molecule is able to have such a profound effect on the body and it really made me determined to study a XXX degree.'
I really hope that you will be able to help me!
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