The terms ‘affect’ and ‘effect’ are commonly misused when writing. Affect vs. effect is a common question where grammar is involved. Following are some tips to help you determine when to properly use affect and effect when writing articles, letters, books, or blogs.
The word affect, with an ‘a’ is usually a verb meaning ‘to act on.’
Examples: The sun will affect my skin if I don’t use sunscreen. My marriage was affected greatly when my spouse left for work and never returned.
The word effect, with an ‘e’ is usually a noun meaning ‘a result or consequence.’ Example: I forgot my sunscreen, so the effect on my skin was painful. When my spouse left the marriage, my effect on my life was profound.
‘The effect of my acne treatment was noticeable, since it positively affected my complexion and got rid of all the pimples. ‘
Rarely, affect with an ‘a’ will be used as a noun instead of a verb. When speaking of a feeling or emotion, affect would be used.
Example: She twirled around in the meadow with such a happy affect.
Rarely, effect with an ‘e’ will be used as a verb instead of a noun. When speaking of an accomplishment or change, effect would be used.
Example: I hope to effect a positive change by writing this article.
When writing, always follow these rules when determining the correct usage for affect vs. effect. With only the above exceptions, just remember that affect is usually a verb, and effect is usually a noun.