English grammar is sometimes confusing and leaves the speaker or writer with the confusion on how to frame a particular sentence. There are many words that sounds same but their employment in the construction of any sentence is different. The same happen with the affect and effect. Basically if you pronounce both sounds like almost same but the case is not so, when you have to write a sentence, if you use the wrong word that would be a disaster as it changes the meaning of the sentence and the thing you want to communicate deviates from its original meaning.
Affect or Effect Definition
Stating the heuristic, ‘affect’ is most of the time verb and ‘effect’ is usually noun. Obviously there are deviations from these but if you are in confusion it would be better if you stick to the rule.
Affect vs Effect Meaning
Affect as verb means to influence something and the effect is the thing that has been influenced. To make things clear I am stating the definitions of the verb and noun here:
- Noun: a content word that can be used to refer to a person, place, things, quality or action or to name any particular things.
- Verb: words that denotes an action, state of existence or occurrence of any event or anything. Words that serves as a predicate of the sentence.
Affect Effect Definition
The way to memorize the essence of the difference between these two words is that, affect is the action and the consequences or the results are the effect.
The noun form of the affect is rare but sometimes it takes the noun form. In noun affect means ‘the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion’.
The same verb form of the effect is uncommon. Verb form of the word effect means ‘produce’ or ‘act so as to bring into existence’.