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EDIT ME — Affect vs. Effect

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Affect vs. Effect. WTH is the difference?



(all definitions and examples taken from Merriam-Webster)

1: obsolete :  feeling, affection
2:  the conscious subjective aspect of an emotion considered apart from bodily changes; also :  a set of observable manifestations of a subjectively experienced emotion <patients … showed perfectly normal reactions and affects — Oliver Sacks>

Examples of AFFECT

  1. 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


  1. He now needs more of the drug to achieve the same effect.
  2. The experience has had a bad effect on him.
  3. Computers have had a profound effect on our lives.
  4. The effects of the drug soon wore off.
  5. This treatment causes fewer ill effects.
  6. The change in policy had little effect on most people.
  7. He was able to stop taking the drug without ill effect.
  8. The total effect of the painting was one of gloom.
  9. The color gives the effect of being warm.
  10. He achieves amazing effects with wood.

Em’s Tips:


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


Hope that helps! Thanks for reading,



One comment on “EDIT ME — Affect vs. Effect

  1. Geeez …. really? I now know I suck at using this word … and am doubly thankful for those smart people called Editors!

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