The difference between affect and effect is that while affect is a verb, effect is a noun. There are though, occasions when effect is also used as a verb.
Both are used to talk about impacts, though in slightly different ways.
Given the differences in their forms (verb vs noun), you have to be careful which one you choose when you create your sentence.
Affect is a verb, and so it takes a tense. It's actual meaning is:
The following are some examples of affect in a sentence:
Effect is a noun so it does not take a tense. The meaning is:
Here are some examples of effect in a sentence.
We have looked at the main difference between affect and effect, but there are some situations where we can use effect as a verb. When it is used in this way the meaning is:
When used in this way, it is not a main verb that can take a tense, but rather as an infinitive with 'to'. It's commonly used to talk about change or solutions.
Here is an example:
These examples illustrate how both the words can be used to talk about impacts but in slightly different ways:
Now practice what you have learned in this affect vs effect quiz
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