r4148 - in branches/testing/BOOK: chapter02 chapter03 chapter04 chapter05 chapter06 chapter07 chapter08 prologue

Nico R. n-roeser at gmx.net
Thu Sep 9 19:05:09 PDT 2004

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Gerard Beekmans wrote:

> On Thu, 2004-09-09 at 19:30, Nico R. wrote:
>> I'm not that great in English, but I think "affect" was right in all
>> these cases. Could someone please verify whether I'm right/wrong?
> affect is commonly used wrong. The word "effect" relates to something
> being caused by something else.
> "affect" relates to feelings, emotions. Affect is basically to adopt
> something so to speak.  Effect is how something relates to another.
> For example, I could affect a snotty attitude to fit in with my
> self-important coworkers.  Or I could just be myself and hope I effect
> them in a positive way.
> Does that make sense?

I'm not sure. I think "affect" does not only relate to emotions. Could
it be used as a synonym for "to influence", "to modify" or "to cause an
effect on"?

"to effect" would be similar to "to cause" or "to be the cause for"
then, if I'm not mistaken.

Well, that's at least what the German translations from
<URL:http://dict.leo.org/> made me think.
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