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Affect vs. Effect


By Kasey Brown/LifeatStart.com reporter

Many people misuse the words affect and effect. They are words that have somewhat similar meanings but are used differently. If you want to know how to use them, then this will help.

Affect is a verb that means to influence.
Ex. How will this quiz affect my grade?

Effect is a noun that means the impact or outcome of something. It can also be used as a verb that means to produce.
Ex. as a noun: The effect of insomnia.
Ex. as a verb: A new school rule only effected certain students.
A trick to remembering the difference is that affect comes first alphabetically, and an action (affect) has to happen before you can have an outcome (effect).
Hopefully this cleared up any confusion on the two words.

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