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 (15)

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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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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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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November 22, 2013, 11:16am

wow. Thank you.

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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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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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April 30, 2013, 5:46pm

I will have you beaten with a stick, 205.✗.✗.139 on 2013-02-25 20:37:23!!!!

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July 7, 2011, 11:30pm

Impacted is not a replacement for affected! Impacted is an adjective.

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October 25, 2009, 11:43pm

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May 6, 2013, 6:15pm

wow this was fascinating thank you for making this god bless you xoxo -gossip girl

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February 25, 2013, 8:37pm

With half of the world using the words incorrectly, the idea that there is a correct usage becomes suspect. I will continue to effect change, regardless of the affect on others, but in reality the entire argument is an affectation.

— 205.✗.✗.139

September 24, 2012, 8:19pm

It's an ego thing. People who are not very smart know it, on some level. And they feel a constant need to prove otherwise. Any appearance of stupidity is a threat to the illusion they've worked so hard to project. So, defensively, they'll be the first ones to tell you that the topic is stupid/useless/silly and you're wasting your time.

Remember "This shit is so stupid. Who cares?" translates into "This is really complicated and I have trouble understanding it. I am afraid that this makes me stupid so I'm too embarrassed to admit it" After all, if they really didn't care they wouldn't have posted.

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December 12, 2012, 8:10pm

For bonus points, Affect vs. Effect: Go!

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July 3, 2012, 2:10pm

Passive vs. active. You can effect a change in your life by action, but you are affected by the actions of others. One you do yourself, the other is done to you.

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