RE: Affect and Effect - more than you ever wanted to know

Subject: RE: Affect and Effect - more than you ever wanted to know
From: Marguerite Krupp <mkrupp -at- cisco -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2001 12:38:30 -0500

>From Merriam-Webster's website:

Main Entry: affect
Function: transitive verb
Etymology: Middle English, from affectus, past
participle of afficere
Date: 15th century
: to produce an effect upon: as a : to produce a
material influence upon
or alteration in <paralysis affected his limbs> b : to
act upon (as a
person or a person's mind or feelings) so as to effect
a response :

mean to produce or have an effect upon. AFFECT implies
the action of a
stimulus that can produce a response or reaction <the
sight affected
her to tears>.

Main Entry: effect
Function: transitive verb
Date: 1533
1 : to cause to come into being
2 a : to bring about often by surmounting obstacles :
<effect a settlement of a dispute> b : to put into
operation <the duty of
the legislature to effect the will of the citizens>
synonym see PERFORM

usage: The confusion of the verbs affect and effect is
not only quite
common but has a long history. Effect was used in place
of (entry 3,
quoted above) affect as
early as 1494 and in place of (entry 2) affect as early
as 1652. If you think
you want to use the verb effect but are not certain,
check the definitions in
this dictionary. The noun affect is sometimes
mistakenly used for
effect. Except when your topic is psychology, you will
seldom need the
noun affect.


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