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.

  1. The effect was eye-popping.
  2. The sound effects were amazing.
  3. The rain had no effect on Amy's hairdo.
  4. The teacher marveled at the effect encouragement had on the positive mood of the class.
  5. Stuart wondered if the heat was having an effect on the fish.


Mnemonic used 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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