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What are some examples of cause and effect?

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Some examples of cause and effect include not brushing your teeth leading to having five cavities and having to receive dental surgery, a boss being busy so his secretary has to take a phone message for him, and a boy receiving a cast because he broke his arm. Any relationship between two things or events where one is the direct result of the other classifies as a cause and effect relationship.

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In a cause and effect relationship, the "effect" is defined as what happened, while the "cause" is defined as why something happened. Cause and effect relationships must consist of a minimum of two items, but they may have an unlimited maximum of items.

Additionally, one singular cause may create unlimited multiple effects. In the aforementioned example of not brushing your teeth leading to having five cavities and dental surgery, both the cavities and the surgery are effects that are caused by the lack of tooth brushing. The singular cause yielded two separate effects.

Meanwhile, in the example of the boy receiving a cast because he broke his arm, the cast is the effect that is caused by the arm breaking. This example is a more direct one to one relationship.

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