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Affect/effect what's the difference? I know, I knew this at some point, but I was just posting a response on another question and couldn't figure out which one to use. Rule of thumb for this one?

 
kmath

Asked by kmath at 12:08 PM on Aug. 16, 2013 in Just for Fun

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  • feralxat

    Answer by feralxat at 12:11 PM on Aug. 16, 2013

  • Affect is a verb, meaning to cause something to happen. Effect is a noun, which is the result of having happened. Here are two sentences that illustrate:

    Mary wondered if her tutoring of John would beneficially affect his grades. ( "Affect" to cause his grades to improve --Verb)

    John got an A on his exam, due to the positive effect of Mary's tutoring. ("Effect" the positive result of Mary's tutoring -- Noun)
    cookie269

    Answer by cookie269 at 12:13 PM on Aug. 16, 2013

  • I want to know too?
    louise2

    Answer by louise2 at 12:11 PM on Aug. 16, 2013

  • I concur with raelynnrocks- we tend to concern ourselves with serious Grammatical Infractions, i.e. Asburgers :)
    feralxat

    Answer by feralxat at 12:23 PM on Aug. 16, 2013

  • "I just like being right"

    LOL!
    Mrs_Prissy

    Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 12:30 PM on Aug. 16, 2013

  • The hell there were like eleven responses to this question
    feralxat

    Answer by feralxat at 9:23 AM on Aug. 17, 2013

  • Good website feral! Thanks.
    kmath

    Comment by kmath (original poster) at 12:15 PM on Aug. 16, 2013

  • Weed spool ....
    staciandababy

    Answer by staciandababy at 12:24 PM on Aug. 16, 2013

  • I concur with raelynnrocks- we tend to concern ourselves with serious Grammatical Infractions, i.e. Asburgers :)


    I just like being right. I wouldn't point it out on someone else's post. LOL
    kmath

    Comment by kmath (original poster) at 12:28 PM on Aug. 16, 2013

  • "Eeeeek!" is the *effect* (noun) of seeing a mouse. A mouse *affects* you (verb) by making you squeal, "Eeeeek!"
    Ballad

    Answer by Ballad at 1:46 AM on Aug. 17, 2013