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These two words were discussed recently on another MF board.
A clever poster gave some guidance in their use:
If its a verb, "affect" is likely to be correct.
If its a noun, "effect" is likely to be correct.
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Today I picked up an example of "effect" used correctly as a verb.

Waksal told the judge, 'To cancer patients I am so sorry for any delay I might have effected in the approval of Erbitux because of my actions.'
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If its a verb, "affect" is likely to be correct.

Those guidelines are probably not bad for most fields. However, not if the field is psychology; "affect" seems to be used primarily as a noun.

...I am so sorry for any delay I might have effected in the approval ...

Wouldn't "caused" have worked just as well and been more easily understood by all?
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...I am so sorry for any delay I might have effected in the approval ...

Wouldn't "caused" have worked just as well and been more easily understood by all?


You are writing of a Judge (and probably a Lawyer) need we say more!

WF *KISS is a concept many lawyers do not understand - JMHO*
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*KISS is a concept many lawyers do not understand - JMHO*

Good point, WyneFool! LOL!
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