Top 10 Commonly Confused Words, Vol. 1
Does the weather affect or effect your mood?
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.