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Affect or Effect

Posted by ISLPR Language Services on August 5, 2020 at 11:07 AM

Today's blog post is about two words that many people have trouble using, even native English speakers!

 

affect vs effect

 AFFECT

  • to affect (verb, infinitive) = to have an effect on, to change in some way,
    Examples:
    Lying on the beach in the hot sun will affect your skin and cause skin cancer. 
    The rain will affect the outcome of the match. 

 EFFECT

  • to effect (verb, infinitive) = to bring something about, to produce an effect, to make something happen,
    Example
    Changing the tax policy will effect a change in living standards.
  • effect (noun) = a change on something, a result, a consequence,
    Example
    The effect of the hot sun was to cause a headache.
  • effects (noun, plural) = a person’s belongings (often after the death of the person) 

 

Test out your knowledge and fill in the blanks below. 

test yourself

  1. The singer's cold had a bad ______ on her voice.
  2. This drought will ______ the lawn but at least we won't have to mow it.
  3. The current COVID-19 pandemic will badly ______ the world economy but its ______ on humanity is catastrophic.

Post your answers in the comments and we'll let you know if you are correct.

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