Affect or Effect?

Since my previous post concerns itself with when to use that versus which, I thought I’d offer some help on the second most common mistake I see when I edit manuscripts–the improper use of affect versus effect.

Not only do these two words sound alike, they’re only one letter different in spelling. Also, many of us aren’t immersed in parts of speech (we write because we have something to say, not because we’re experts in grammar).

This should help:

Affect is almost always a verb. Remember what verbs do? They show action.

Affect means to influence.

Example: The bad economy will affect the unemployment figures for a while yet.

Effect is almost always a noun. Remember what nouns do? They name a person, place, or thing.

Effect means result.

Example: She wondered what effect the swine flu had on school attendance last month.

How will the effect of this little discussion affect your writing in the future?

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1 Response to “Affect or Effect?”


  1. 1 Albert September 28, 2014 at 3:58 am

    You can certainly see your enthusiasm in the article you write.
    The world hopes for more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to mention how they
    believe. All the time follow your heart.


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