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Aug 25 2008   1:21PM GMT

Quiz: Writing for business 0825

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?

happy_sad3.jpg HR was concerned that announcements of job cuts could ___________ staff morale.
a. effect
b. affect

Answer: B (affect)

Typically, affect is a verb, meaning to influence, and effect is a noun meaning the result of some change. However, adding confusion to the situation, effect can also be used as a verb meaning to bring about and affect is sometimes used as a noun. In Psychology, for example, affect can mean mood.

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