The words effect and affect are known as “commonly confused words.” Meaning that people often misuse them. So what is the difference?
Effect can be used as a noun or verb. But it is mostly used as a noun.
When using effect as a noun, it is used to show result of a cause.
- Example: Studying for the midtern exam had a positive effect on Shannon’s grade.
- In this example, Shannon studying resulted in/caused her to get a good grade.
Effect can also be used as a verb meaning to bring about (as in change).
- Example: The company will attempt to effect changes in our bylaws.
- In this example, the company is going to bring about change.
Affect is a verb that means to influence.
- Example: Being in love can affect a person’s judgment.
- In this example, a person’s judgment is being influenced due to being in love.
Overall, affect is used as a verb to describe an influence over someone or something. Using effect as a noun is for showing the result of someting, and effect is only used as a verb to demonstrate cause.