Affect vs. Effect

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The difference between affect and effect is that affect generally means having influence over something, while effect means result. Listen to examples of the difference between affect and effect with information from a tutor in this free video on grammar.

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Hi, my name is Samir Malik and I'm a private tutor for middle school and high school students in the Austin area. Today we're going to be discussing affect and effect. Now affect which starts with the letter A means more of influence; something they have influence on something else. So for example, the rain affected Amy's hairdo. The would be affect used beginning with the letter A because it had an influence on Amy's hairdo. Now the second term effect, starting with the letter E would mean result. For example, the effect was eye-popping. So that basically classifies as a result whereas affect, starting with A is more of an influence; effect starting with E is a result.

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