Word War is BACK – Affect/Effect

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WORD WAR is back. I will be doing these each Tuesday, and they will be much shorter than before…at least I will attempt that! Let’s go!
Affect v. Effect.
Affect is 𝐮𝐬𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 a verb. It means to impact or change. Transform. “How did that affect you?”
Effect is 𝐮𝐬𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 a noun, at least 90 percent of the time. If you’re discussing cause and effect, and you’re referring to the end result, use “effect.” Quick hack: they both start with “e.” “Did you feel an effect from the earthquake?”
An ez pz way to determine which one to use? Ask yourself the question “What is this word being used for?” If your answer describes a conclusion or outcome, effect with an “e” is the correct choice. All others, you can safely use affect with an “a.”
There are exceptions to just about every WORD WAR in our…

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