To give effect to something or to carry/bring/put something into effect is to make it begin doing what it was intended to do.

Are these verb phrases ('to give effect...', to + verb + into + effect) containing 'effect' prolix and tortuous? Why not simply use 'to effect'? They transpire to suggest that there may be differences?

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  • It seems straightforward enough to me that your own first link clearly identifies a common distinction affecting the choice over which form to use. You give effect to X when X is something that already "exists", but hasn't yet been "activated" so it will actually do whatever it's intended to do (such as a plan that hasn't been put into practice yet). Often when you effect X, you cause X (which didn't previously "exist") to come into being. The idea that all "longer" phrasings are prolix, tortuous or otherwise "undesirable" is a serious misconception. – FumbleFingers Jul 6 '14 at 16:36
  • Because "to effect" is already a verb that means something (slightly) different. – Peter Shor Jul 6 '14 at 16:36
  • @jwpat7 Better? – Greek - Area 51 Proposal Jul 6 '14 at 16:39

To effect something is produce that something as a result. If you effect a change in your lifestyle or effect a reconciliation between two friends, it is you, the subject, who are ‘effective’.

To give effect to something or put it into effect is to cause that something to become capable of producing effects. If you put a change in your lifestyle into effect you make it capable of producing future changes to your health, productivity, pleasure, and so forth. If you put a reconciliation between two friends into effect you make them capable of future cooperation and mutual intercourse. In these cases it is also, and focally, the objects of your action which become ‘effective’.

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