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Is there any difference between the two "エ" in 「エフェクト」? The first is bigger and the latter seems smaller.

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The smaller ェ is used in combination with フ, thus making フェ (fe).

Have a look at katakana combinations: http://nihongo.as.ua.edu/katakana.htm

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  • BTW, if anyone is wondering how to type ぇ or ェ instead of え or エ in an IME (wihout preceding characters); hit the x-key before pressing the e-key.
    – Will
    Commented Aug 31, 2014 at 7:48

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