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affect and effect

Which one should I choose?

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The first thing to know is that:

affect = verb

(to influence or alter, to move the feelings, to infect or harm)

effect = noun

(a result or outcome, an impression produced, the creation of a technical illusion)

So, think about the context … look at the position and form of affect or effect to decide whether you need to use a noun or a verb, and then check the meaning …

The sentences below are examples of non-standard usage. Can you explain why?

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  The girl had a really good affect on her
  friend.

  The film effected the girls more than the boys.

If you would like more information about affect/effect and practice exercises with answers, follow the link: WOWs 6

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