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Word Difference

Affect vs Effect

Posted: March 30, 2019 at 7:56 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Affect is usually a verb , and it means to impact or change.

Effect is usually a noun , an effect is the result of a change.

Difference between the two is so slippery that sometimes people tend to use “ impact” instead.

When X “affects” Y , it is said that X produced an “effect” on Y . In passive form Y is “affected” by X .

When to use “Affect”— To affect something is to change or influence it.

If a verb is needed , the word you want is “affect”

  • The rain affected Susan’s hairdo.
  • The earthquake affected citizens.
  • The weather affected our program.
  • The argument affected our friendship.

When to use “Effect”—

When noun is required , the word is always “effect”. It means a result.

  • Its effect was immediate.
  • The effect of being underweight is poor eyesight.
  • The special effect used in the movie was thrilling.
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