Should it be 'also Effects' rather than 'also Affects'?

Asked by Lee Hyde


This something of a non-issue, but as I part time dictionary fascist I feel compelled to point out that the term *'also affects'* used throughout is grammatically incorrect. It should be *'also effects'* unless you are referring to the emotional state of your end-users.

The word affect (having the same root as the words affection and affectation) is used to refer to any effect on the emotional state of a person or animal. It's most commonly used in the legal profession, where the distinction between affect and effect is well known. Thus using the term 'also affects' is technically and grammatically incorrect, unless you're interested in the emotional effect it is having on the end user. I assume that's not the case though. ;-)

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Lee Hyde (anubeon) said :

Oh hand on, I see now that affect can also be used in a non-emotive context to refer to an influence.

I'm an awful dictionary fascist, though in my defence the English language is ridiculous. ;-)