Affect is always a verb


Affect is always a verb


Commonly Confused Words:  affect / effect


First, notice how each word looks different from the other


                     
affect 
   starts with a


                      
effect
    starts with e

Even though a should sound different from e,
we pronounce these two words alike.  Therefore, we often have difficulty
deciding which one to use in our writing.

Affect


Affect is usually a verb.

Affect means “to
influence” or “to produce a change in.”

   Example of affect
in a
sentence

       

Since affect means “to influence”
or “produce a change in” in this sentence, it is the correct word to
use here.

 


Since the verb affect is related to the noun
affection, sentences using affect often deal with changes in or influences on
emotional states.


   Example


       


Since affected (past tense) means
“influenced” or “produced a change in” in this sentence, it
is the correct word to use here.


Note:  Affect
is used as a noun in psychology to indicate one’s emotional state or behavior.


 

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Effect


While affect is always a verb,
effect
is usually a noun.


As a noun, effect means “the
result,” “the change,” or “the influence.”


As affect, a verb “produces
a change,” effect, a noun, is the
“change” or “result.”


 


   Example of effect used
as a noun


       


Since effect means an
“influence” in this sentence, it is the correct word to use here.


 


Another example of effect used as a noun


   


Since effect means the “result” or
“change” in this sentence,  it is the correct word to use here.


 


 


Effect is sometimes, though not
often,  used as a
verb,
meaning “to cause.”


   Example of effect used as a verb


       


Since effect, a verb here, means “to
cause,” it is the correct word to use in this sentence.


Link to exercises on affect
/ effect.




View more information: https://webapps.towson.edu/ows/affect_effect.htm

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