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I was trying to clarify this difference in my mind, and I had an idea that might help clarify, if I'm correct: Use "affect" as a verb when the object would be the thing that is being changed. "The fire affected the temperature nearby." 'Temperature' is the object of 'affect'. Use "effect" as a verb when the object of the verb is the change itself. "The fire effected a change in the temperature." 'Change' is the object of 'effect'. Do I have that right?
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2011 on "Effect" as a verb at Ask the English Teacher
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