affect vs. effect

By | May 11, 2017
affect vs. effect
The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.
La grandezza di un uomo non sta in quanta ricchezza riesce ad acquistare, ma nella sua integrità e nella sua capacità di influenzare positivamente chi gli sta intorno.
- Bob Marley
✓ The weather really affects my mood.
✗ The weather really *effects* my mood.
Il tempo influenza molto il mio umore.
Even native speakers sometimes confuse these two words when writing (it is in affect effect only a written mistake), as they have virtually the same pronunciation! In the vast majority of cases, affect is a verb meaning "to influence", while effect is a noun meaning "result". Some more examples:
✓ They say that your name affects your personality.
Dicono che il tuo nome influenza la tua personalità.
✓ The tax cuts have had a positive effect on the economy.
I tagli alle tasse hanno avuto un effetto positivo sull'economia.

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