Posted by: episystechpubs | June 19, 2014

Nifty Nuggets: Affect vs. Effect

The words affect and effect confuse many people. Typically, we use affect as a verb, and effect as a noun. (A verb describes an action or state of being. A noun is person, place, or thing.)

Affect (used as a verb) means “to influence”

Effect (used as a noun) means “a result”

· Eating a banana split before bedtime affected my sleep and gave me insomnia last night.

· Eating a banana split before bedtime had a disastrous effect on my stomach last night.

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