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Affect vs. Effect

Affect is usually a verb meaning “to influence.”

Example: Fortunately, Kylie’s sore ankle did not affect her performance in the game.

Effect is usually a noun that “indicates or achieves a result.” Effect is also sometimes used as a transitive verb meaning “to bring into existence,” but it is generally not used in this way on the GMAT.

Example: Studies have shown that too much exercise can have a negative effect on a person’s health.

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