To produce a change in, To influence, to have an effect on?
I don't know where the definition of "affect" came from but the dictionary definition is (and it has nothing to do with influence or change):
af·fect2 v. -tr. af·fect·ed, af·fect·ing, af·fects. 1. To put on a false show of; simulate: affected a British accent. See Synonyms at pretend. 2. a. To have or show a liking for: affects dramatic clothes. b. Archaic. To fancy; love. 3. To tend to by nature; tend to assume: a substance that affects crystalline form. 4. To imitate; copy: "Spenser, in affecting the ancients, writ no language" (Ben Jonson). -af·fecter n.
Quote:The commonest meanings of Affect (a verb never a noun) are:
To produce a change in, To influence, to have an effect on.
[Quote:Effectis both a noun and a verb. As a verb it means: 'To accomplish,'to achieve,' To bring about,'To result in';
Quote:Effect as a noun, 'That which is produced by an agent or cause,' a conseqence of, An impression left on the mind
Well if this doesn't clearify the issue then nothing will.
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