Affect vs. Effect Difference

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

See Also
Plural of Analysis
Punctuation Marks in English