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    Does "to affect" mean "to influence" negatively?

    I’m wondering if the word "to affect" always means "to influence in a negative way"? I’ve found its three meanings in the Free Dictionary and they all seem to approve my supposition. Is it true?

    1. To have an influence on or effect a change in: Inflation affects the buying power of the dollar.
    2. To act on the emotions of; touch or move.
    3. To attack or infect, as a disease: Rheumatic fever can affect the heart.

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    Подающий надежды оратор Joyan's Avatar
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    Not always, Lena.
    For example, you mentioned that "Inflation affects the buying power of the dollar." but deflation could also affect the dollar.
    The music affected him deeply. <---- in that sentence the music could have made him cry but maybe it inspired him in a positive way.
    Hope that helps!!

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    Thank you, Joyan.

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