Jan 2nd 2013

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Wednesday word: Affect vs. Effect

Affect and Effect are two of the most confusing words in the English language. How and when to properly use them in writing is a challenge for even veteran writers. Judging by the sheer number of posts online that offer great advice on this subject, people are frequently turning to the internet to find a solution to this grammatical dilemma.

Affect with an A is usually a verb that means “to influence”. For example: “The caffeine AFFECTS his energy levels”.

Effect with an E is usually a noun which means “result.” For example: “Caffeine has many side EFFECTS, such as insomnia and dehydration”.

Remember: one thing AFFECTS another thing, thus producing an EFFECT.

As with most concepts in the English language, there is one major exception, Although this usually is restricted to the world of Psychology.
In this case, Affect is a noun meaning “feeling” or “emotion.” For example: “the new patient had a negative AFFECT.”

We hope this tip will affect you!

The Ginger Team

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