VIDEO FOR AFFECT
How To Use "Affect" vs. "Effect"
Effect and affect: can you keep these two words straight? We can't either which is why we are giving you some examples to learn the difference between the two!
Origin of affect1
words often confused with affect
OTHER WORDS FROM affectaf·fect·a·ble, adjectiveaf·fect·a·bil·i·ty, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH affectaffect , effect (see confusables note at the current entry)
Words nearby affect
Other definitions for affect (2 of 2)
- to have affection for; fancy.
- to aim at; aspire to.
Origin of affect2
synonym study for affect
words often confused with affect
OTHER WORDS FROM affectaf·fect·er, noun
AFFECT VS. EFFECT
What's the difference between affect and effect?
Affect is most commonly used as a verb meaning to act on or produce a change in someone or something. Effect is most commonly used as a noun meaning a result or consequence.
Remembering the difference between the words can be especially hard because these senses of the words have just about the same pronunciation. Complicating things further is the fact that affect can also be used as a noun (referring to a state of emotion, as in He had a sad affect) and effect can also be used as a verb (meaning to make happen, as in We can only effect change by taking action). However, these senses of the words are much less commonly used.
You can remember that affect is most commonly used as a verb because it begins with a, for action.
You can also remember how affect and effect are most commonly used by using the acronym RAVEN:
R = Remember
A = Affect is a
V = Verb
E = Effect is a
N = Noun
Here’s an example of affect and effect used correctly in the same sentence.
Example: It’s unclear what immediate effects the new law will have or how it will affect future generations.
Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between affect and effect.
Quiz yourself on affect vs. effect!
Should affect or effect be used in the following sentence?
The campaign is hoping that the ads have a big _____ on voter turnout.
How to use affect in a sentence
Defects on this chromosome are more likely to affect men, who have only one copy, while women have two.Covid-19 scientists flag key immune function as a turning point in life threatening cases|kdunn6|September 25, 2020|Fortune
With this information we can continue to develop powerful new models with better accuracy for determining how different habitat factors, such as the number of milkweed stems or nectaring flowers on a landscape scale, affect the monarch population.Migrating monarchs are in trouble. Here’s how we can all help them.|By D. André Green II/The Conversation|September 23, 2020|Popular-Science
We are part of an international study to understand how women who are expecting to or have given birth are affected by stress related to the pandemic.Pregnancy During A Pandemic: The Stress Of COVID-19 On Pregnant Women And New Mothers Is Showing|LGBTQ-Editor|September 23, 2020|No Straight News
For example, it recently implemented a clothing closet, where people could donate items to assist families affected by the pandemic.How Outdoor Companies Can Back Up Their DEI Pledges|Kai Lightner|September 23, 2020|Outside Online
If it’s not affecting me physically or emotionally, I can’t get angry and I won’t be scared.Climate action: Fear hasn’t motivated people, so let’s get them excited|matthewheimer|September 22, 2020|Fortune
The vaccine is delivered through a “carrier virus” that causes a common cold in chimpanzees but does not affect humans.The Race for the Ebola Vaccine|Abby Haglage|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
At this point in his life, Denton has enough filthy lucre in his bank account to affect a certain lack of interest in the stuff.The Gospel According to Nick Denton—What Next For The Gawker Founder?|Lloyd Grove|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If they are treating black people differently, then how can that not affect the president?It’s Not Just the Cops—Racism Is a Problem for the Secret Service, Too|Bill Conroy|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We tried to become involved with committees that affect us and policing before Ferguson.SWAT Lobby Shoots to Kill Police Reform After Ferguson|Tim Mak|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her personal feelings about religion do not affect how she behaves legally, politically, or socially.The Good Wife’s Religion Politics: Voters Have No Faith in Alicia's Atheism|Regina Lizik|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It did not in any way affect prices or wages, which were rendered neither greater nor less thereby.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
He did not affect to conceal his anger; and yet, strange to say, it was not visible to Mr Bellamy.
All the parts are made of metal, so that no change in the weather can affect their relative positions.
As all parts of this apparatus are of metal changes in humidity or temperature do not affect its regulation.
At such a moment neither party would affect to forget the Bruce's royal pretensions.King Robert the Bruce|A. F. Murison