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Question: affect & effect

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BillSykesDog Fri 30-Sep-16 09:09:50

What is the difference and when should each be used?


ellesbellesxxx Fri 30-Sep-16 09:12:07

Affect is the verb: eg will this affect my car?
Effect is the noun: what effect will this have on my car?

StealthPolarBear Fri 30-Sep-16 09:13:08

Usually smile although much more rarely affect can be a noun and effect a verb.

BillSykesDog Fri 30-Sep-16 09:22:16

Thank you. Stealth, what are the exceptions?

StealthPolarBear Fri 30-Sep-16 09:26:08

Affect can be used to describe facial expression / demeanour
effect as a verb means to totally bring about. So affect as a verb means to make some impact on... effect as a verb means to entirely make it happen.

BillSykesDog Fri 30-Sep-16 10:37:04

So you would effect rather than affect a change because it is totally carried out?

BillSykesDog Fri 30-Sep-16 10:37:30

And you would affect surprise?

StealthPolarBear Fri 30-Sep-16 10:51:49

Yes to effect. Today I will effect peace in the middle east and be home in time for tea.
I think you're right with the affect example but it's still a verb in thatexample. "Lack of affect" would imply you can't tell how the person is feeling from their outward appearance.
I think!

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