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Affect vs. Effect

It seems quite a few people have trouble with this one. Let me simplify:

Affect: verb. Effect: noun.

Chances are that's all you'll ever need to know. Affect can also be a noun—an emotion or desire, especially relating to influencing behavior— but mostly that definition pertains to psychology. For everyday writing, the above statement is all you need. 

Here's a nice acronym to help you remember: 

SHAVEN: S'not Hard: Affect Verb, Effect Noun.

There you have it. If you get confused, think about SHAVEN.  

Also, you know, forget about the noun version of affect. You're probably not a psychologist, right? 

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