Answered By: Rachel Willard
Last Updated: May 02, 2017     Views: 438

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.

 Image of a double-sided arrow with "affect-Action" on the left and "effect-noun" on the right

Of course, there are exceptions (both affect and effect have other meanings in the dictionary), but these are the two most common uses.


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