verb (used with object)
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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!
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Idioms for effect
- to go into operation; begin to function.
- to produce a result: The prescribed medicine failed to take effect.
Origin of effect
synonym study for effect
words often confused with effect
OTHER WORDS FROM effect
Words nearby effect
EFFECT VS. AFFECT
What's the difference between effect and affect?
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 effect can also be used as a verb (meaning to make happen, as in We can only effect change by taking action) and affect can also be used as a noun (referring to a state of emotion, as in He had a sad affect). 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 effect and affect are most commonly used by using the acronym RAVEN:
R = Remember
A = Affect is
V = Verb
E = Effect is a
N = Noun
Here’s an example of effect and affect 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 effect and affect.
Quiz yourself on effect vs. affect!
Should effect or affect be used in the following sentence?
The campaign is hoping that the ads have a big _____ on voter turnout.
Example sentences from the Web for effect
Bells had no discernible effect, while cats fitted with Birdsbesafe collars brought home 42 percent fewer birds, but roughly the same number of mammals, which aligns with previous research.Meatier meals and more playtime might reduce cats’ toll on wildlife|Jonathan Lambert|February 11, 2021|Science News
The price adjustment for refinance transactions that went into effect in December is adding to the cost.Mortgage rates stuck in neutral amid economic uncertainty|Kathy Orton|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
At the peak of the crisis in April, that’s when we found the greatest effect of social capital on the virus.Researchers identify social factors inoculating some communities against coronavirus|Christopher Ingraham|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
The AI Video Interview Act in Illinois, which went into effect in January 2020, requires companies to tell candidates when they use AI in video interviews.Auditors are testing hiring algorithms for bias, but there’s no easy fix|Amy Nordrum|February 11, 2021|MIT Technology Review
Framing it like this is obviously and immediately political, of course, but we do so to present evidence that the polarization of the virus has itself potentially contributed to its effects.What you’re saying when you say that covering the coronavirus is partisan|Philip Bump|February 9, 2021|Washington Post
In Israel, however, a new law took effect January 1st that banned the use of underweight models.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But they say its effect on the regular daily operation of organized crime has been negligible.
All of these increased barriers then have a snowball effect.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating|Ellie Schaack|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
So now the company is asking the FCC to, in effect, reverse itself.How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security|Kyle Chayka|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A revised version of the law goes into effect on January 1st, 2015.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea|Rich Goldstein|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In this case, I suspect, there was co-operant a strongly marked childish characteristic, the love of producing an effect.
He shrank, as from some one who inflicted pain as a child, unwittingly, to see what the effect would be.
And so this is why the clever performer cannot reproduce the effect of a speech of Demosthenes or Daniel Webster.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
The well-known "cock and bull" stories of small children are inspired by this love of strong effect.
She stabbed him, noting the effect upon him with a detached interest that seemed indifferent to his pain.
British Dictionary definitions for effect
- in fact; actually
- for all practical purposes
Derived forms of effecteffecter, nouneffectible, adjective
Word Origin for effect
Medical definitions for effect
Other words from effectef•fect′i•ble adj.
Idioms and Phrases with effect
see in effect; into effect; take effect; to that effect.