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What is the correct usage of "affect" & "

Postby eberntson » Thu Feb 10, 2005 11:10 am

Could you please explain to me the correct usage of "affect" & "effect"? I really would like simple rules and perhaps a zippy saying I can remember, like “I before E, except after C.”
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Hmmmmmm

Postby n0my » Thu Feb 10, 2005 11:40 am

How about...

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I don't have a clue
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Fill me in too????
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Affect vs. effect

Postby Brazilian dude » Tue Feb 15, 2005 3:34 pm

Affect is a verb and effect is a noun. There's also the effect as a verb, but don't worry about that.

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Postby Apoclima » Tue Feb 15, 2005 5:02 pm

Jiminy Crickets, BD! What kind of answer is that? Have you turned mystic?

AFFECT/EFFECT

There are four distinct words here.


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Postby Stargzer » Tue Feb 15, 2005 5:21 pm

I liked this quote:

When you affect a situation, you have an effect on it.


Or in other words:

The Greenhouse Effect, if true, may affect life on Earth as we know it. If so, we will have to effect changes in energy production.
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Zippy?

Postby KatyBr » Tue Feb 15, 2005 7:56 pm

Zippy it ain't Larry, but it is effective! good one!

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Postby Brazilian dude » Tue Feb 15, 2005 8:40 pm

Who's Larry? I'm sure you said something to that effect.

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Re: Zippy?

Postby KatyBr » Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:33 pm

KatyBr wrote:Zippy it ain't Larry, but it is effective! good one!

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Ok to re-punctuate It's: Zippy it Ain't, Larry, but it is
effective!
referring to eberntson'e request for a zippy verse. to wit:
I really would like simple rules and perhaps a zippy saying I can remember, like “I before E, except after C.”


Larry is Stargzer: he said
The Greenhouse Effect, if true, may affect life on Earth as we know it. If so, we will have to effect changes in energy production.

yours was zippier but less complete.

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Thx I like it...

Postby eberntson » Thu Feb 17, 2005 11:57 am

Thank you for the simple explanations and the two sayings. I'll see if my little brain can hold it all.

:lol:

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Postby Dr. Goodword » Fri Feb 18, 2005 2:25 pm

Stargzer's rule is excellent but one more little point ties it all up nicely:

When you effect something, you cause it.

"Eberntson's question effected an interesting series of replies that affected our understanding of the difference between 'affect' and 'effect'."
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Postby Garzo » Sun Feb 20, 2005 8:49 am

It's a sort of Latin hokey-cokey:

You put your facere ad,
you take your facere ex,
ad, ex,
ad, ex,
and you confuse barbarians for a while!
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falsetto

Postby KatyBr » Sun Feb 20, 2005 5:29 pm

oh dear, I'm So confused!

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Postby Verbum » Thu Mar 03, 2005 1:00 pm

The most common use of affect, which is a verb, is in the past passive participle : affected, as in "She was strongly affected by the unkind remarks."

Used in other senses, the verb applies to results on the physical or mental condition.

Physical : "The accident severely affected his mobility."

Mental : "Her abuse as child affected her later relationships with men."

Effect can be a noun or a verb. As a verb it is rarely used and, to avoid confusion, it is best avoided and replaced with verbs like produce

Webter's points out that the confusion between "effect" and "affect" dates back as far as 1494.

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