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    Affect vs effect. If I am writing a sentence " I never realized it would have that kind of "effect" or "affect" on me? Anybody out there know which is correct?

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    It's actually pretty straightforward. The majority of the time you use affect with an a as a verb and effect with an e as a noun.

    When Should You Use Affect?

    Affect with an a means "to influence," as in, "The arrows affected Ardvark," or "The rain affected Amy's hairdo." Affect can also mean, roughly, "to act in a way that you don't feel," as in, "She affected an air of superiority."

    When Should You Use Effect?

    Effect with an e has a lot of subtle meanings as a noun, but to me the meaning "a result" seems to be at the core of all the definitions. For example, you can say, "The effect was eye-popping," or "The sound effects were amazing," or "The rain had no effect on Amy's hairdo."


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