Easily Confused Words


affect / effect


usually a verb meaning "to influence" or "to impact"

  • The hurricane will probably affect the whole town.
  • When it doesn't rain for a longtime, it affects my allergies.
  • This book really affected my thinking about that subject.


usually a noun meaning "result" or "impact"

  • The coach's attidue had an effect on the whole team.
  • The fresh flowers had a beautiful effect on the room.
  • A side effect of my medicine is drowsiness.


Instructions for the Quiz:

Fill in each blank with affect or effect.