Affect vs. Effect. WTH is the difference?
(all definitions and examples taken from Merriam-Webster)
Examples of AFFECT
- There’s a good plot and good writing here, but Mallory’s gender neutrality, conspicuous in her lack of affect, makes her seem like a comic-book character. —Cynthia Crossen, Wall Street Journal, 5 Oct. 1994
a change that results when something is done or happens : an event, condition, or state of affairs that is produced by a cause
EXAMPLES of EFFECT
- He now needs more of the drug to achieve the same effect.
- The experience has had a bad effect on him.
- Computers have had a profound effect on our lives.
- The effects of the drug soon wore off.
- This treatment causes fewer ill effects.
- The change in policy had little effect on most people.
- He was able to stop taking the drug without ill effect.
- The total effect of the painting was one of gloom.
- The color gives the effect of being warm.
- He achieves amazing effects with wood.
Most of the time AFFECT is a verb and EFFECT is a noun. Think closely about how you’re using the word in the sentence. What role does it play?
Jumping out of the car didn’t have the effect I’d hoped for. — noun
The humidity affected her hair, making it curl. — verb