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.

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.


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 forĀ ... Affect: Verb Effect: Noun



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