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what's the difference between "Affect" and "Effect"?

what's the difference between "Affect" and "Effect"?

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    the important thing to remember always is EFFECT is about outcome, result; as a noun it refers to the RESULT, as a verb it refers to bringing about a RESULT. Affect is usually about feelings or mind or emotions, sometimes about pretending ...

    "Affect" is a verb. To "affect" is to have an impact on something. "Effect" is a noun, the result of being 'affected' by something.

    So you can say: "The rain will affect the players during the football match". Or "the rain will have an effect on the players during the football match".

    Hope that helps. It's a good question, even some native speakers make mistakes with this.

    Just to bring more (confusion) to the discussion, "effect" can actually be a verb as well...

    See following examples, with the verbs used in the past tense:

    Affected" means "impacted, created an effect on, changed in a certain way."
    Example: The BP oil spill adversely affected marine wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding areas.

    Effected means "executed, brought about, produced something."
    Example: After the BP oil spill, the government effected (brought about, executed) sweeping environmental regulation.

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