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affected • bad experience • close friends
effect • in the end
  1. The tsunami had a devastating on the lives of many people.
  2. He is one of my from high school.
  3. Your opinion my decision.
  4. he decided to take the job and move to a different state.
  5. I have never had  a on public transportation.
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900 Friends and Money
Paul and Katia discuss the difficulty of lending money to friends.

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affect a friendship

I think that money can sometimes affect a friendship.

Something that 'affects' a friendship causes positive or negative change.  Notice the following:

  1. The argument badly affected their friendship.
  2. Did it affect your friendship?

a bad experience

Did you have a bad experience?

A 'bad experience' is a negative result of an action, situation or choice we have made.  Notice the following:

  1. I've never had a bad experience traveling abroad.
  2. We had a bad experience at that new Italian restaurant.

a close friend

A 'close friend' is someone we like, see and talk to a lot.  Notice the following:

  1. Michael is a close friend from school.
  2. Actually, my mom is my closest friend.

a big effect

It had a big effect.

We use the word 'effect' to talk about something that causes change. It can be positive or negative.  Notice the following:

  1. Some believe global warming will have a big effect the environment.
  2. elllo has had a big effect on his English skills

in the end

In the end he lost his friend.

We use the phrase 'in the end' to talk about the result of a situation.  Notice the following:

  1. In the end, it doesn't matter how you learn English.
  2. The waiter overcharged us, but in the end, we just paid and left.