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Old February 1 2012, 10:38 PM   #1
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Effected vs. affected

I just had a little discussion with my fiance that went something like this...

Her: (RE: a birth control pill recall) I'm not effected.

Me: Affected.

Her: I thought affected was a feeling. Like his words don't affect me?

Me: If something has an effect on you then you are affected by it.

Her: Ah, so the word effected would be incorrect always?
But now I think that I was WRONG! I ran to the internets to check... but now I've read those words too many times and they've lost all meaning. Help!
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Old February 1 2012, 10:52 PM   #2
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Re: Effected vs. affected

To affect is to act upon something else i.e. it creates an effect
However, there is a verb "to effect" which means to complete a purpose.

This sentence might clarify (or confuse) the situation: "We effected a change in their behaviour by affecting their affect which led to the effect that they became more angry".
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Old February 2 2012, 12:19 AM   #3
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Re: Effected vs. affected

Long story short: If it's a verb, "affect" is probably correct.

If it's a noun, "effect" is ALMOST ALWAYS correct.

Now, the exceptions:

As mentioned above, "effect" can be a verb meaning to bring about; to make (something) happen.

And "affect," pronounced AFF-ect with the stress on the first syllable, means feeling or emotion. But it's seldom used outside the psychiatric profession.

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Old February 2 2012, 12:47 AM   #4
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Re: Effected vs. affected

Affect (UK)

1st definition: Influence somebody or something
2nd definition: stir somebodys emotion



Effect (UK)

1st Def: result
2nd Def: power to influence

NB: There other definitions but I've just given the first two listed.
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Old February 2 2012, 07:31 AM   #5
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I love English! it's so damn complicated!
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Old February 2 2012, 08:14 AM   #6
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Re: Effected vs. affected

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I love English! it's so damn complicated!
The only confusing things about English are the crazy spelling and the proliferation of homophones. Otherwise, English is pretty straightforward, with a logical grammar and no genders.

Now, if folks could only get “principal” and “principle” right . . .
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Old February 2 2012, 10:26 AM   #7
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They're trying to affect which principles would effect their witch principals over there.
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Old February 2 2012, 11:01 AM   #8
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Despite being a spelling and grammar Nazi, I have a complete mental block about "effect" versus "affect." I've long since given up on getting them straight.
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Old February 2 2012, 11:10 AM   #9
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scotpens wrote: View Post
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I love English! it's so damn complicated!
The only confusing things about English are the crazy spelling and the proliferation of homophones. Otherwise, English is pretty straightforward, with a logical grammar and no genders.

Now, if folks could only get “principal” and “principle” right . . .
Add to the fact there are different ways to spell the same word. i.e. Colour (English) Color (American English). Or words that sound the same or spelt different depending on context. i.e. Metre (a unit of length) or Meter (a device used to measure something)
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Old February 2 2012, 02:53 PM   #10
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Re: Effected vs. affected

I affect the environment by pouring oil down the storm drain.

The environment is effected because I poured oil down the storm drain.

It depends on the one doing it as opposed to the one hainvg it done to, I think.
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Old February 2 2012, 02:57 PM   #11
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^Something like that

In order to affect a course they had to fire the thrusters.

The firing of the thrusters effected a course change.
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Old February 2 2012, 03:02 PM   #12
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Re: Effected vs. affected

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The environment is effected because I poured oil down the storm drain.
This is incorrect. Pouring oil down the storm drain did not create the environment.

It should be affected.
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Old February 2 2012, 04:17 PM   #13
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Re: Effected vs. affected

scotpens wrote: View Post
WillsBabe wrote: View Post
I love English! it's so damn complicated!
The only confusing things about English are the crazy spelling and the proliferation of homophones. Otherwise, English is pretty straightforward, with a logical grammar and no genders.

Now, if folks could only get “principal” and “principle” right . . .
Now i'm not up with all this grammer stuff, but live and let live i say.
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Old February 2 2012, 06:03 PM   #14
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Re: Effected vs. affected

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They're trying to affect which principles would effect their witch principals over there.
Witch principals? Like Hogwarts headmasters?

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The environment is effected because I poured oil down the storm drain.
This is incorrect. Pouring oil down the storm drain did not create the environment.

It should be affected.
CorporalCaptain is right. Active or passive voice makes no difference.

It would be correct to say, “The legislature effected changes in the law which affected the way businesses dispose of hazardous wastes.”
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Old February 2 2012, 10:33 PM   #15
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Re: Effected vs. affected

So... I was right! Right?



Or was this part wrong?

Me: If something has an effect on you then you are affected by it.
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