Affected vs. Effected

Effected means executed, produced, or brought about. For example, The dictatorial regime quickly effected changes to the constitution that restricted the freedom of the people.

On the other hand, affected means made an impact on. It is the past tense of the verb form of affect, which means to impact. For example, Carbon di-oxide emissions affected the environment.

So we can say that "The dictatorial regime quickly effected changes to the constitution that affected the freedom of the people."

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Meaning "Affected" means "impacted, created an effect on, changed in a certain way." "Effected" means "executed, brought about, produced something."
Example The BP oil spill adversely affected marine wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding areas. After the BP oil spill, the government effected (brought about, executed) sweeping environmental regulation.

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While something that already exists can be affected, things which can be effected must usually be brought into existence.

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Anonymous comments (7)

February 9, 2011, 8:48pm

In effect, you are absolutely right in your examples. I hope more as people read your article, they will be affected by the importance of correct grammar! Thanks!

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May 6, 2013, 6:18pm

this made me want to cry ive been searching for this answer my enitre life. i am bed bath and beyond done with all the tormented nights trying to decipher the difference between affect and effect. I am free. I am FREE. You are my spirit animal.

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April 19, 2013, 2:34am

Wow this actually helped!

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February 12, 2014, 2:24pm

The area 'affected' above is Christchurch, New Zealand, where I lived for nearly eight years (not at the time of the quake).

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November 22, 2013, 11:16am

wow. Thank you.

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August 18, 2012, 11:53pm

To Chris Cook... right on, why don't we just go back to grunting. The words have entirely different meanings. It's like saying that choosing between the words "pen" and "pin" is just a game. Sure you could write "ink pin" and people would probably guess your meaning, but probably even you would be embarrassed to write that. Don't act like looking foolish doesn't have any significance among practical minded street-wise folks like yourself.

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September 19, 2010, 5:43am

I was posting a comment on the BP Oil spill, and just wanted to clear it up before I looked ignorant, and you had an example of BP Oil Spill phrase. IT'S FATE! Anyways, any tips on my grammar? Ha.

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