• bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    "Though it doesn't affect me in any way..."

    I don't think it would be productive or useful to characterize "affect" as causing usually negative effects; in other words, it's not a generalization I would make.


    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    I'm asking because I've come across such a definition in a grammar coursebook.

    Anyway, thanks a lot!
    It would be most helpful in cases like this if you would explain this in your first post and also quote what the grammar coursebook says.
    There is no point at all in concealing this information.

    What exactly did the coursebook say?


    Senior Member
    It wasn't my intention to conceal anything:)

    I was (wrongly) convinced that this information is of little consequence....

    The book says affect - to produce a reaction usu negative

    (source: CPE Use of English by Virginia Evans, pretty old edition)


    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Thanks audiolaik :)
    Some thoughts.
    There is going to be (yet another) major reorganisation.
    Will I be affected?
    There is nothing inherently negative in affect, but implicit in the question is the suspicion that the reorganisation will have a negative effect on me. The best I can hope for is no effect.
    I suspect that the way affect is used puts it most often in a context where the effects are negative.
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