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Effect and affect are often confused because of their similar spelling and pronunciation. The verb affect entry 2 usually has to do with pretense.
The more common verb affect entry 1 denotes having an effect or influence.
The verb effect goes beyond mere influence; it refers to actual achievement of a final result.
The uncommon noun affect, which has a meaning relating to psychology, is also sometimes mistakenly used for the very common effect. In ordinary use, the noun you will want is effect.
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