Misused Words

Affect and Effect

Affect, a verb, means to influence or change.

How will winning the lottery affect his life?

Effect, a noun, means result or impact.

The effect of winning the lottery was not what he expected.

Effect can also be used as a verb meaning to bring about, or produce.

The increased cost of living will effect a change in their purchasing habits.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) The (affect, effect) of the winter storm was devastating.

(2) The lack of rainfall (affected, effected) the size of the farmer's crop.

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