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affect , effect , impact , influence
  Topic ID 235
April 12, 2012
8:32 pm
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1  Post ID 723

Hi everyone,

I am confused in the words "affect, effect , impact, influence ".Can you tell me what are the different and make some sentences?

Thanks a lot!

Best regards

April 13, 2012
12:24 pm
2   Post ID 727

Hi jLim

Affect, Effect

Generally, 'affect' is a verb, 'effect' is a noun

  • The effects of Japan's tsunami can still be seen in many coastal areas.  (Effect = noun)
  • The tsunami affected hundreds of thousands of people. (Affect =  verb. Think of the letter 'a' –  a for action, a for affect as a verb)


Don't use impact as a verb. It's too new. Just use it as a noun. Use 'on' with it

  • The election had a huge impact on the country.


Influence can be a noun or a verb. Use 'on' with influence as a noun.

  • The English language is influenced by French. 
  • My uncle influenced me. 
  • Italian society is trying to fight the influence of criminal groups such as the Camorra or the Cosa Nostra.
  • Michael Jackson had a huge influence on pop music.
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