Still Confused After all These Years

Affect versus effect. Do you know when to use which and why? Each time I have them sorted out in my mind I seem to read something different, or forget what I had sorted out. Maybe it’s a losing battle and some words are just too complicated. I found a post about them on Daily Writing Tips, maybe it will help you more than it helped me. 🙂

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  1. Let me see if I can get this one right… here is how I remember it:

    I start with the saying ‘Cause and Effect’. Here I can see that effect is a noun (as is cause). Since I know one is a noun and one is a verb, that means affect is a verb.

    Examples:
    “A large number of families have been affected by the storm and are still without power.”

    “The effect of standing outside in the rain with no umbrella is getting soaking wet!”

    Affect = verb (to affect)
    Effect = noun

    An easy way to remember that Affect is a verb is to remember the synonym Alter and the word Action (definition of a verb).

    Hope this helps!

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