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Originally Posted by dragracer
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:
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".
An "effect" is a result. That's a common noun. "Let's toast the cat and see what the effect
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."
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.
Last edited by cooker; 01-18-07 at 04:31 PM.