Word! Affect vs. Effect

Pierre Metivier

When it comes to simple grammar questions… who do we love? Grammar Girl!  We love her simple break downs of common grammar problems.  As I was writing the post yesterday about music’s affect on the brain, I had to double check that I used the right word…and I did.

When Should You Use Affect?

Affect with an a means “to influence,” as in, “The arrows affected Ardvark,” or “The rain affected Amy’s hairdo.” Affect can also mean, roughly, “to act in a way that you don’t feel,” as in, “She affected an air of superiority.”

When Should You Use Effect?

Effect with an e has a lot of subtle meanings as a noun, but to me the meaning “a result” seems to be at the core of all the definitions. For example, you can say, “The effect was eye-popping,” or “The sound effects were amazing,” or “The rain had no effect on Amy’s hairdo.

Affect Versus Effect : Grammar Girl :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™.

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