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Commonly Confused Words
affect / effect
Affect is a verb meaning "to influence": "His score on the history final will affect his grade." Avoid the use of affect as a noun (except in specialized contexts such as psychology and philosophy). Effect, as a verb, means "to cause": "The new dean will effect many changes in the curriculum." Effect, as a noun, means "result": "Her research measures the effect of global warming on Oneida Lake."
SOURCE: Hamilton College Editorial Style Guide