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Confusion between the words affect and effect is so common that I almost never see either of the words used correctly Since I read anything that doesnt move fast enough to get away from me and since I read hundreds of essays by college students each semester I have reason to believe that this error is not just a misspelling but an actual misapprehension of the two words and how they are used Generally speaking affect is a verb and effect is a noun When you affect something you produce an effect on it Even in the passive voice something would be affected not effected There are certain situations where effect is used as a verb and situations where affect is used as a noun but very few people ever have a need to use them thus so unless you are already confident of your ability to use these words correctly just treat as general the rule that effect is a noun and affect a verb If you feel the need to get fancy however here are the meanings of effect as a verb and affect as a noun As a verb effect means to execute produce or accomplish something as a noun affect is used primarily by psychologists to refer to feelings and desires as factors in thought or conduct If you find that you have sometimes made the mistake of switching these two troublesome words you probably should proofread specifically for them until you have formed the habit of using them correctly without having to think about it
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