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Priscila

Hello,
I think that your blog is very interesting.
I am looking for blogs about English as a second language and I thought you.

Sorry.. My english is not so good.

Hugs

Priscila

Crawford Kilian

Oi, Priscila--

Your English is better than my Portuguese! Glad to have a brasileira visiting here. Look in my list of ESL/EFL resources. I think you will find some blogs there.

I was in Sao Paulo in 2002 (for four days!) and enjoyed it a lot. I miss Brazil...

Martin Stoyanov

First week of law school, and I must have seen the word "effect" used as a verb a few dozen times by now. I knew the justices of the Canadian Supreme Court couldn't be a bunch of illiterate dummies! Thanks!

sandinmyears

I don't quite understand the difference between AFFECT (to influence) as a verb and EFFECT (to bring about, to cause, to achieve) as a verb.

Dave Nielsen

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?

Crof

Hi, Dave--Yes, you've got it right.

Mattis Castegren

I'm probably not the only one ending up here due to http://xkcd.com/326/

Monika DreamAmeye

Hello,
Can I say : they are a multitude of factors that effect the end product. In this case I feel 'affect' woulde be more appropriate.
Am I right?

Blasko229

I think it is a failure in the design of the English language, not on the part of students. If only there was an English language committee to make changes worldwide.

There should ideally be just one word for both instances.

Graham Wilson

@Blasko220 - Why, on earth, should there need to be one word for two distinctly different things? This isn't a failure of English - it's a lack of thought before committing pen to paper.

Sally Jarvis

Hey, If I get in a muddle I remember by equating the verb 'affect' with another 'a' word which is 'alter'. I know it's not quite right but it's sort of close enough to assist me. 'Effect' (verb) I equate with 'execute' (as in 'perform' or 'bring about', not as in kill!) - again for me it is close enough in meaning to help.
What do you think?

Julia

Well Graham,
It is a difficult subject, requiring a little more than just typical thought before putting pen to paper.

Dave,
Your examples are right on, but your explanation of them was confusing to me. I understand the sentences and why each is the way it is, but you lost me in your description. I don't know how you can do a better comparison, because those were very good. Can you maybe re-word what you meant? Maybe I can explain my confusion.
"when the object of the verb is the change itself"
I'm trying to think of where this is not the case.

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