Hi there lovelies
We know… Dramatic headline! But the difference between effect and affect can really induce headaches and cause unwanted stress. Which is why we are hoping it to make it a bit easier for you. And we have pictures to make it even easier! (Thanks Google)
The first thing you need to know is that affect is a verb (an action word), which means “to influence”. The second thing you need to know is that effect is a noun (an identifying word), which can be used to identify or refer to people, places or things.
Grammar Girl has a great trick to remember the above information and we wanted to share it with you. When it comes to affect vs. effect, just remember the word RAVEN:
R – Ready?
A – Affect
V – Verb
E – Effect
N – Noun
Ready? Affect = Verb, Effect = Noun
And just for fun, here is another cute way to remember this information from SlidePlayer:
Aardvark = a very easy noun
Affect = Verb, Effect = Noun
Like with most things in the English language, there are exceptions to the rules:
- Affect can be used as a noun in one instance – to describe a facial expression.
- For example: Mary took took the news of being pregnant with little affect.
- Effect can be used as a verb in one instance – describing something that was caused.
- For example: The new mayor of Tshwane has effected some positive changes.
As a side note, effect and affect have nothing to do with positive or negative actions or emotions. So, toss that old wives’ tale out the window!
And there you have it! Now you can stop using the word “impact”. But when in doubt, just ask your editor 🙂
Have a fantastic day!