Affect and effect are easy to mix up. I want to explain the difference between the two words before we get to the memory trick though.
What Is the Difference Between ‘Affect’ and ‘Effect’?
Affect is usually a verb, and it means to impact or change.
Effect is usually a noun, an effect is the result of a change. However, there are certain situations and fixed phrases that break the rules of general use for those words.
Most of the time you use affect as a verb and effect as a noun. Affect can either mean “to influence” or “to act in a way that you don’t feel.” Effect typically means “a result.”
When to Use Affect?
Affect means to produce a change in something or to influence.
Affect in Sentence:
- The decision will not affect the validity of the remaining agreement provisions.
- Does Coronavirus affect the body?
- The new rules won’t affect you.
When to Use Effect?
Effect is a noun, and it’s the result of a change. And if an event impacts your life, you ‘re going to feel the effect of that event.
Effect in Sentence:
- Her deep voice had the usual effect on his pulse
- She saw the effect these words had produced on her son.
- The snow had an immediate effect on traffic.
Affect vs. Effect Exceptions
Effect as a Verb:
Effect as a verb is meant to “bring about” or “to accomplish,”. It usually appears with names such as “change” or “solutions.”
- Aardvark hoped to effect change in the village.
Affect as a Noun:
Affect can be used as a noun when you are talking about the feeling, emotion, or specific emotional response–it means the mood that someone appears to have.
- The patient had a flat affect throughout the session