effect n affect : GMAT Verbal Section
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# effect n affect

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07 Mar 2005, 02:12
Could anybody explain me with egs the exact diff between effect and affect and their usage. I read everything associated with this on the commnet.edu website, but even then I couldn't understand it.

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07 Mar 2005, 10:03
Hi Vijo,
affect: used as a transitive verb(with a direct object) and it means "influenced". ie His attitude affected me.
effect: used as a noun and means "property of". ie The long term effects of this product are dangerous.
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07 Mar 2005, 10:17
Paul wrote:
Hi Vijo,
affect: used as a transitive verb(with a direct object) and it means "influenced". ie His attitude affected me.
effect: used as a noun and means "property of". ie The long term effects of this product are dangerous.

effect can also be used as verb, as in 'bring into effect'.
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07 Mar 2005, 10:33
Thanks Paul. I got it.
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07 Mar 2005, 10:59
To "bring into effect" does not set "effect" as a verb. However, I do agree that "effect" can also be used as a verb but these are in very few occasions used especially in the legal world.

ie To effect a change to the given documents

"effect" here is now synonymous to "perform" or, in this case, "bring into effect".However, in the very idiom "bring into effect", "bring" is the verb, and "effect" is a noun
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