Saturday, December 29, 2012

Affect the Effect

A posting on a web site made it to Facebook today. “Rule 8: Affect is a verb and effect is a noun.” Actually, that is not correct. Both words can be verbs and both words can be nouns.

  • Noun: feeling or emotion (used primarily in the field of psychology).
    The patient’s face showed no affect at all; he was impossible to read.
  • Verb: to have an influence on (substitute the word “change” as a test). Rheumatic fever can affect the heart.

  • Noun: Something produced, brought about by a cause (substitute the word “result” or “outcome” to check.      The incident had a deleterious effect on our relationship.
  • Verb: to bring into existence or to produce (substitute the word “create” to check).  Specific genes effect specific bodily characteristics.

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