affect - effect

affect - effect
'affect'
Affect is a verb. To affect someone or something means to change or influence them in some way.

...the ways in which computers can affect our lives.

The disease affected Jane's lungs.

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'effect'
Effect is usually used as a noun. An effect is a change or event which occurs because something else has happened.

...the effect of noise on people in the factories.

This has the effect of separating students from teachers.

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You can say that something has a particular effect on something else.

Improvement in water supply can have a dramatic effect on health.

Interest rates and mortgage rates are having a significant effect on Conservative support.

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Effect is sometimes used as a verb. If you effect something that you are trying to achieve, you succeed in achieving it. This is a formal use.

Production was halted until repairs could be effected.

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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • affect — verb (T) 1 to do something that produces an effect or change in someone or something: a disease that affects the central nervous system | emergency relief for the areas affected by the hurricane 2 (usually passive) to make someone feel strong… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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