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In addition to being the past tense of the verb affect, affected can also be an adjective in its own right. In one of its adjective meanings, if you are affected you are inclined toward something. For example, you might say, “I became well-affected to her after she promised to pay me one million dollars to say nice things about her on the Internet.” (I will also become well-affected toward men who want to pay me that much money, but there will be less sexual tension involved.)

Affected also means impacted by an outside force. For example, one might say, “The hurricane caused widespread devastation, but politicians rushed their feigned concern to the affected area. Fortunately, the feverish efforts of politicians to appear caring and sympathetic on cable and network news resulted in only moderate disruption to the work of the first-responders toiling in the affected area.”

The adjective affected can also be a close relative of the noun affectation. In this sense, affected means faked in order to impress.

Ooh. I see that by changing just one I could have made the example I used for the previous sense of affected work for this one too. Here’s how: “The hurricane caused widespread devastation, but politicians rushed their affected concern to the affected area. Fortunately, the feverish efforts of politicians to appear caring and sympathetic on cable and network news channels resulted in only moderate disruption to the work of the first-responders toiling in the affected area.”

Isn’t that just like a politician?

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