LS Refresher 54: Affect vs. Effect

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Mignon Fogarty of Grammar Girl gave the following rules  that will help us learn how to use affect and effect.

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(a) Effect: 

1. Effect functions as a noun most of the time. It has a lot of subtle meanings as a noun, but “a result” seems to be at the core of all the definitions.

Examples:

  • The effect was eye-popping
  • The sound effects were amazing

(b) Affect     

1. Affect with ‘an a’ means “to influence.” Affect can also mean, roughly, “to act in a way that you don’t feel.  It functions as a verb most of the time.    

Examples:

  • The arrows affected Aardvark.
  • She affected an air of superiority.        

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