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This time, I'll be covering the difference between affect and effect. I'll try to keep it simple.
Affect is most often used as a verb. It means "to influence" or "to act in some disingenuous way." For example:
The average rainfall affects how much the plants will grow.Effect, on the other hand, most often makes an appearance as a noun. You can think of it as another word for "result." Consider the following:
When asked about her husband's murder, she affected grief.
The sun's ultraviolet radiation can have several negative effects on your skin.Sometimes, however, the rules for affect and effect can change (Isn't grammar maddening?). Although affect is usually a verb, it can be used as a noun when talking about psychology because you can never truly understand what another human being is feeling; only how they seem to be feeling. For instance:
She showed a frustrated affect.Likewise, the word effect can sometimes manifest as a verb. In this case, you can interpret it to mean "to bring about" or "to cause." Check out this sentence:
The seminar effected donations for the local food pantry.Grammar is confusing. There are so many rules and exceptions that sometimes it all feels overwhelming. That's why I want to help.
How do you remember the difference between these two? What other grammar topics do you struggle with?