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Affect or is it Effect
Affect or is it Effect?
These two words are often confused, and to add to the confusion both words can be used as a noun or verb. Also don’t rely too heavily on Microsoft word’s spellchecker when you want know when to use Affect or Effect. Sometimes it’s wrong.
Affect as a noun means to influence, simulate or imitate. Affect as a verb means to influence someone’s thinking, feelings or attitude.
Affect: to influence.
Example as a verb, as it relates to emotion: The homeless woman’s sad story had affected the small group and wallets were brought out.
The homeless woman Affected an emotional response.
Example as a noun, to imitate: She affected a Southern accent.
She Affected an imitation of a Southern accent.
Effect means the profound consequence or result of some action taken.
Effect: is to cause change.
Example as a noun, to change: The effect of second hand smoke can cause lung cancer.
Smoke Effected a physical change.
Example as a verb, to change: The boss’s speech “to work harder” had the desire effect on his employees.
The Effected physical change here: the employees are working harder.
Effect can also mean someone’s property.
Example: The effects of the victim were given to the closest relative.
Maybe this will help?
Use Affect when there is a change in emotions.
Use Effect when a physical change has occurred.