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The effect of light from the sun had the affect of allowing john to see further.

True, not true? Effect is a verb, so light is an effect: affect alters something, so john seeing further was the affect of lights effects??????????

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  • affect is a verb unless it's used to mean an emotion or desire. You can't put the before a verb. – Barmar Mar 6 '15 at 21:07

Not true.

The effect of light from the sun had the effect of allowing John to see farther.

If you wanted to use "affect" as a verb ("to modify")...

The effect of light from the sun affected the distance to which John could see.

If you wanted to use "effect" as a verb ("to cause to exist")...

The light from the sun effected a greater viewing distance for John.

As a noun, "affect" is often limited to psychological applications.

  • I'm not sure it's really worth posting an answer here when there are a couple of perfectly good ones on the original - but thanks for calling attention to the dup (I take it you don't yet have the rep to actually closevote yourself). – FumbleFingers Mar 6 '15 at 21:13

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