Words at Play : Top 10 Commonly Confused Words, Vol. 1

#2: Affect/Effect

Question:

Does the weather affect or effect your mood?

Answer:

affect

How to Remember It:

The simplest distinction is that affect is almost always a verb, and effect is usually a noun.

It may help to remember that the verb – the "action word" – starts with "a": affect is an action.

These words are frequently confused, partly because their meanings are related. For more information, please see our Ask the Editor video.

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