Grammar Wednesday: Word Mixups – Effect v Affect

These are two that are actually less mixed up than they used to be. Affect is to affect something, while one thing has an effect on another.

EXAMPLES

Rusty was affected by the dog that moved into the house.

Rusty made an effect on the dog when she smacked him on the nose.

The effect of the lights in my eyes is to blind me.

I’m affected by strong lighting.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Frank
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:31:55

    And just to confuse people, you can effect a change.

    Reply

  2. Elaine Jeremiah
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:44:25

    Can be confusing but important to get right! :)

    Reply

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