Grammar Check: Affect Vs. Effect

Affect and Effect are twins. Sometimes you can tell them apart, but other days it’s difficult.

I hope this post will have a lasting effect on you. (See what I did there?)

Affect

Affect is a verb. You use it to influence something. It can be used in the act of changing something.

Examples:

The book affected me to do something inspirational. (The book influenced me to do something.)
His words affected me so much that I would do something I’d regret. (He influenced me to do something.)

Effect

Effect is a noun. You use it when you’re talking about the change itself or the result of something.

Examples:

The drug has many side effects. (Taking the medicine can result in other symptoms.)
The remix of the song had a higher effect as the original version. (Listening to the remix song resulted in better buys.)

I hope this post affected you to make better grammatic choices. (Okay, I’ll stop now.)

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18 thoughts on “Grammar Check: Affect Vs. Effect

  1. “Affect” can also be a noun when pronounced with a stress on the first syllable (a-ffect). It means emotion as in “flat affect.”

    You’ve done a great job distinguishing the two!

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