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Old 01-18-07, 11:28 AM   #1
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Affect ...or... Effect ?

Can some explain to this big dummy how you are supposed to know when to use the word "affect" and when to use "effect"? I've tried and tried to figure this out but I still get confused every time I go to type this in a sentence. I know there's a difference but I just can't get it through my head exactly in what context to use each word.

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Old 01-18-07, 11:29 AM   #2
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Affect: I know that will affect you if you do it.

Effect: The effect of that rock hitting you in the head may cause you a headache which will affect the way you think.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm......this help.
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Old 01-18-07, 11:39 AM   #3
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affect = verb

effect = noun
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Since you amazing Foosters solved that mystery - How about ensure vs insure?
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Using dictionary.com will ensure that you never have to ask these questions again. You could consider it an insurance policy against confusing meanings between similar words.
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Ensure is a kind of gross-tasting "nutritional supplement".
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I wouldn't know. I'm too young for nutritional supplements.
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Old 01-18-07, 11:57 AM   #8
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affect = verb

effect = noun

That helps more than anything I have ever been able to come up with.
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Old 01-18-07, 11:59 AM   #9
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affect = verb

effect = noun
Assuming one knows the difference between a noun and a verb.
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Old 01-18-07, 12:00 PM   #10
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Since you amazing Foosters solved that mystery - How about ensure vs insure?
Ensure- To ensure you are here on time, I will call you.

Insure- Do you insure that car with Geico.
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That helps more than anything I have ever been able to come up with.
Don't thank me; thank my 11th grade World Lit teacher. It was one of the only things I remember from a whole year of that class.
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Old 01-18-07, 02:52 PM   #12
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That helps more than anything I have ever been able to come up with.
Except it's not entirely correct. One can effect change and have affects.
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Except it's not entirely correct. One can effect change and have affects.
and it's always 'i before e except after c,' right?

I was going for the basic rule on effect/affect that folks most frequently use and mix up.

It's all good.
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Old 01-18-07, 02:58 PM   #14
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Except it's not entirely correct. One can effect change and have affects.
Oh boy. Now I'm right back where I started.
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Ensure is a kind of gross-tasting "nutritional supplement".
No way Jose! Ensure is the schniz. That stuff kept me alive for two months when I was critical.
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No way Jose! Ensure is the schniz. That stuff kept me alive for two months when I was critical.
So can ensure, insure your well being?
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Old 01-18-07, 04:13 PM   #17
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Oh boy. Now I'm right back where I started.

Most of the time "affect" is a verb and "effect" is a noun, so you don't have to worry about the oddities.

However for the record:

Verbs
To "affect" something means to modify or change it. That's a very common verb. "I didn't realize the experience would affect me (change me) that way!" "I was greatly affected by the loss of my cat."
To "effect" something means to make it happen...that's a very rarely used verb. "Let's effect those necessary changes around here!" You can also say "put into effect".

Nouns:
An "effect" is a result. That's a common noun. "Let's toast the cat and see what the effect is!".

An "affect" is a mood, or the appearance of a mood. That's a rare word, except among psychoanalysts. "John experienced rage as an intense affect. Jane's affect was cheerful."

Adjectives:

Effective: capable of producing an effect.
Affected: In keeping with "affect" as an appearance of mood, the adjective "affected" can mean phoney or faked. "He spoke with an affected tone, and I knew he was putting me on." This is different from "I was greatly affected", above, where affected is part of a verb.

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Affect is when something is changed
Effect is the outcome of the change.
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Gotta love English! Now, who wants to explain the difference between transitive and intrasitive verbs?
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Old 01-18-07, 04:17 PM   #20
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I'll probably never be 100% clear on this. To me this is like the difference in a debit and a credit in accounting. I never could get that thru my thick skull either. Needless to say I dropped accounting and never took it again.
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Can some explain to this big dummy how you are supposed to know when to use the word "affect" and when to use "effect"? I've tried and tried to figure this out but I still get confused every time I go to type this in a sentence. I know there's a difference but I just can't get it through my head exactly in what context to use each word.
Well that sounds like a good discussion starter.
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whats next?

there
their
they're
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Old 01-18-07, 05:56 PM   #23
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whats next?

there
their
they're

...and if we can get "your" and "you're" handled, this will be a red star day!
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Gotta love English! Now, who wants to explain the difference between transitive and intrasitive verbs?
I had a test on this, which i failed but eh...
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Don't worry about ensure vs. insure, just get Depends...
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