Word Usage….effect vs. affect

Question_markAs a writer, you will find that there are pitfalls with using some words, here’s a mnemonic (a memory tip) for one set of misused and misunderstood terms….

Effect (noun) vs. Affect (verb)

Effect is defined as “a result of something or the ability to bring about a result”. A result is a noun, so when you think of the word effect, think of the phrase “the effect=the result” and remember it is a noun!

The word affect means to produce a change in something, and it is a verb=action word. So when you want to remember whether to use affect, think of the phrase “affect=action” and remember that an action is a verb.

Here’s a neat link to a program called Grammarly, which will check the grammar in your writing, as well as help you check for plagiarism. Find the link at: http://www.grammarly.com



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