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Take affect or take effect?

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Even the most beautifully produced and carefully edited books get it wrong sometimes. Look at this example from The Bedside Baccalaureate (a collection of lectures about various topics):

For his edict to take affect, however, it had to be written into the registry of laws…

That should be ‘take effect’. In other words, for his edict to ‘bring about a result’ or ‘get something done’.

Another example would be: ‘The medicine began to take effect.’  (not ‘take affect’)

Find out more about the difference between ‘affect’ and ‘effect’

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01/01/2010 at 1:13 pm

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