Effect vs. Affect

12 Mar


Affect means to influence as in, “The rain affected Amy’s curly hair.”

(Sometimes “affect” is used as a noun to describe facial expression.)


Effect means a result as in, The rain had no effect on Emily’s silky hair.

(Sometimes “effect” is used a a verb that means to make happen or real.)

“Effective” is an adjective that means to produce intended results.

“Affective” is an adjective that means to be able to influence the thinking of someone.


Most of the time, “affect” is used as a verb and “effect” is used a noun.  




3 Responses to “Effect vs. Affect”

  1. Nooria Nike March 14, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    A good way to improve our listening is by watching such a funny movies.In my opinion is more effective for us.

    A good way to develop self- confidence in speaking English is by visiting native English speaker and talk with them.

    One of the best way to learn history is by traveling in different countries,Met verity of people,culture,historical places.

    • Jen March 14, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

      Nooria, thanks for the great suggestions. What kind of funny movies do you like watching? Do you have any suggestions?

  2. miki March 13, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Hi Jennifer.Thank you for answering my question. My dictionary describe these two terms in the same word. Some terms are subtlety meanings. Those make me confused. That’s advice helps a lot!! Thank you so much.

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