Affect or Effect - Which do I Use?
The difference between affect and effect is so slippery that people have started using "impact" as a verb instead. However, if you want to stick with affect or effect, the following might help.
Most of the time, you'll want affect as a verb. - Meaning to influence something.
Affect as a verb.
- The Green Arrow affected crime in Central City.
- The rain affected Carissa's hairdo.
- Josh wished the wind hadn't affected his game so much.
- Mel's grumpiness affected everyone else's mood.
Affect can also mean, roughly, to act in a way that can't be felt, as in.
She affected an air of superiority.
Use effect for the something that was influenced (noun).
Effect has a lot of subtle meanings as a noun.
However, the meaning of a result - seems to be at the heart of most definitions.
Effect as a noun.
- The effect was eye-popping.
- The sound effects were amazing.
- The rain had no effect on Amy's hairdo.
- The teacher marveled at the effect encouragement had on the positive mood of the class.
- Stuart wondered if the heat was having an effect on the fish.
Raven as a mnemonic to remember: affect as a verb and effect as a noun.
Because raven has the letters A-V-E-N, to stand for ... Affect: Verb Effect: Noun