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Difference Between Affect and Effect

Affect vs Effect
Most generally, affect is used as a verb and effect is used as a noun. When something “affects” something, it produces an “effect” on it. In some situations “effect” is also used as a verb while “affect” is applied as a noun.

When “affect” is used as a verb (used with object), it gives the following meanings

To act on; produce an effect or change in
Ex: Rain affected the crops

To impress the mind; move the feeling of
Ex: Her love affected him so deeply

When “affect” is used as a noun

Psychology, feeling or emotion

In psychiatry: observed emotional response that is restricted, flat, or blunted affect, a symptom of mental illness, especially schizophrenia.

Synonyms of “affect”: act on, alter, change, disturb, induce, influence,  involve, modify, move, overcome,  relate, transform,  simulate, take on

Effect (Noun)

Something that is produced by a cause; result; consequence
Ex: Exposure to the sunlight had the effect of on your eyes.

Power to produce results; efficacy; force; validity; influence:
Ex: Susan’s stubbornness had no effect on Phill’s mind.

The state of being effective, accomplishment or fulfillment:
EX: put your plan into effect.

Adding special effect

Effect (Verb) used with objects

Produce as an effect; bring about; accomplish something; make it happen:
Ex: His new ideas about iPhone finally effected the transition.

Synonyms of “effect”: aftereffect, aftermath, backlash, backwash,  chain reaction, conclusion, consequence, development, end, end product, event, eventuality, follow-up, issue, outcome, outgrowth, precipitate, pursuance,  reaction, reflex, response, sequel, sequence, side effect

Summary:

As a noun “affect” indicates ‘a feeling or emotion,’ whereas “effect” means ‘the consequence of some action or process’

As a verb, “affect” means ‘to exert an influence upon,’ whereas to “effect” indicates ‘to bring about as a result’


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1 Comment

  1. The sentence:

    Exposure to the sunlight had the effect of on your eyes.

    to me makes no sense – so the illustration/example is lost on me. Please refine the sentence, or, make it a sentence.

    Thank you.

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