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use of affect and effect as nouns

Posted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:50 pm
by tony h
I am suffering from an absence of brain cells today. I am struggling to find a clear, for a 10 year old, description of the usage and difference between the nouns affect and effect. Any help will be appreciated and a tot of Armeniac will be drunk in your honour.

Re: use of affect and effect as nouns

Posted: Fri Nov 26, 2021 5:24 pm
by Bobinwales
Affect is a verb, A verb is an Action.
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When something affects something else, it has an effect.
The affect happens first and the effect second, just as Affect comes first in the alphabet and Effect second.
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Still convoluted I grant you, but it is a start.

Re: use of affect and effect as nouns

Posted: Fri Nov 26, 2021 8:11 pm
by trolley
Yes, that's the easy way and probably the only distinction a 10 year old needs to remember but "affect" can be a noun. The difference between the two when they are both acting as nouns would be a little hard to grasp.

Re: use of affect and effect as nouns

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2021 3:31 pm
by Phil White
"Affect" as a noun is limited almost entirely to the field of psychology, and occasionally spills over into the legal realm.

In psychology, it has two almost directly opposing meanings. "Affect" is either
  • The behaviour or set of behaviours that result from experiencing an emotion,
  • The emotion experienced in response to a thought or experience.
For ordinary folks, outside of the realm of psychology, "affect" is a verb and "effect" is a noun. To "affect" essentially means to "have an effect".

Re: use of affect and effect as nouns

Posted: Sat Dec 04, 2021 9:24 pm
by tony h
Thank you all. I get these questions as a result of the grand children being encouraged to explore multi volume paper dictionaries.