Answered By: Rachel Willard Last Updated: May 02, 2017 Views: 290
The words affect and effect are often confused with one another. However, there is a slight difference in their meanings.
- Affect is usually used as a verb, an action.
Example: The earthquake affected many people.
- Effect is usually used as a noun, a thing.
Example: One effect of the earthquake was that many people lost their homes.
Of course, there are exceptions (both affect and effect have other meanings in the dictionary), but these are the two most common uses.
- Beyond affect and effect, there are many other words that are commonly misused in English. View a list of these commonly confused words on the Writing Center's website.
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