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Do you know the difference between affect and effect?

Asked at Dillons, 1740 Massachusetts St. on January 23, 2013

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“ Yeah, affect is the verb, and effect is the noun. We learned that in, like, second grade.”

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“ Cause and effect with an ‘e.’ ‘A’ is what you do to change something.”

Photo of Lawrence Settles

“ I believe I do. But I don’t know if I can explain the difference.”

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“ Yeah, affect with an ‘a’ means to be affective. I usually know the difference on essays.”

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looza 5 years, 4 months ago

Kat Christian 5 years, 4 months ago

OMG...half of these explanations are misspelled, but the first explanation was on target. He may have learned this in second (and by the way bravo to you for remembering this rule), however they no longer teach this in school, as well as sentence structure and definition. When my child speaks to some of his peers in school they at times look at him as if he is speaking a foreign language, unless he ends a sentence with a preposition "where you at" or uses pronouns incorrectly "me and him" instead of "he and I" . Oh well, just the normal everyday dumb-down the education to save money syndrome. One day our grandchildren's generation will be speaking an entirely new language made exclusively out of slang words we use today. LOL

Paul R Getto 5 years, 4 months ago

Yes, but the effect of knowing this doesn't affect me much. Can we do "lay" and "lie" next?

Chris Golledge 5 years, 4 months ago

So, next up, the difference between 'effective disorder' and 'affective disorder'.

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