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Confusables: Affect vs Effect/Accept vs Except

November 29, 2010 Posted by admin

Certain word pairs in the English language are so similarly spelled and pronounced they can be easily confused. Below we’ll take a look at two frequently misused sets.Watch Ungodly Acts (2015) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Affect vs Effect
This one trips up many native speakers. Learning how the affect vs.effect definition differs will help. ‘Affect’ is ALWAYS a verb which means, “to influence, to produce an effect on something or someone.” ‘Effect’ is usually a noun; it means “the result.” When functioning as a verb, effect means “to produce or make happen.” Here’s a handy tip: in a sentence ‘effect’ is often preceded by a, an, any, the, take, into, and no. See if the following affect vs.effect examples clarify your understanding:

The young child’s laughter affected her mother. (verb; affected = influenced)
The young child’s laughter effected a hug from her mother. (verb; effected = produced)
The effect of the hug was more laughter from the child. (noun; effect = result)
New legislation will go into effect after the new year. (into precedes effect)
How do the special effects in 3D movies affect you? (effects — noun; affect = influence)

Accept vs Except
Choosing correctly between these two is also easier once the definitions are memorized. ‘Accept’ is a verb, meaning “to receive or believe.” ‘Except’ is a preposition which means “other than.”

John accepted the truth after a long struggle.
In the mountains, it snows every month except July.