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First of all, affect is always a verb. It means to bring on or cause a change, or to cause emotion, to provoke feelings (good or bad). It can also mean to adopt a false characteristic.
Many people drive dangerously, but this does not affect me, since I don't even have a car. (Affect means there is no effect to the cause - no relation between the bad drivers and myself).
I cried when I saw the film "Shindler's List". The film affected me deeply. (It touched me, it made me cry.)
Effect can be either a noun or a verb. As a noun, it means the result of something (cause and effect).
He affected a British accent even though everyone knew he was american.
Unemployed workers are a direct effect of factory closures.
As a verb, it means the same thing as the verb "effectuate", which means to bring about, to accomplish.
When the government effected tax cuts, everyone received a larger paycheck.
(The two words affect/effect are closely related ... one could say something to the effect of: "we were all deeply affected when the government effected a tax increase.")
1. Something brought about by a cause or agent; a result.
2. The power to produce an outcome or achieve a result; influence: The drug had an immediate effect on the pain. The government's action had no effect on the trade imbalance.
1. To have an influence on or effect a change in: Inflation affects the buying power of the dollar.
2. To act on the emotions of; touch or move.
The main differences of effect and affect are:
To affect something is to change or influence it, to effect something is a rather formal way of saying `to make it happen'. Confusingly, because either may produce an 'effect' or result this is a common error.
In simple terms, affect means 'make a difference to', whereas effect means 'a result' or 'bring about a result' here are some excerpts from a dictionary.
The 99% Rule for Effect and Affect
99% of the time effect is a noun, and affect is a verb (have an effect on, influence).
If the question is "Should I use effect or affect?" the answer is given by the 99% rule 99% of the time.
And yes, effect can be used as a verb (bring about, produce, create, cause), and affect can be used as a noun (feeling, emotion), but these usages are comparatively much less frequent. For all practical purposes these meanings can be dismissed from consideration in 99% of cases.
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