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Question #2478 posted on 01/19/2004 12:04 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
I'm always confused on when I should use affect vs. effect. Will you help to clerify this?
- Freshy the Freshman

A: Dear Freshy,

Wasn't your name Franky just a few posts ago?

Anyway, generally, "affect" is a verb meaning "to influence." And generally, "effect" is a noun meaning "a result." However, "affect" is also a noun (used mostly in psychology) meaning "feelings." And "effects" means "belongings." And "effect" is also a verb meaning "to bring about."

With that, I hope that this post affects your vocabulary, effecting a change for the better in your usage of "effect" and "affect," and that it has not caused any ill affects or had any other bad effects upon you or your effects.


A: Dear Franky,
Yeah. What she said. Basically, if you DO it, you "affect" it, and if it is the result of something else, it is an "effect." (This is the über-basic way to think about it.)