Affect vs. Effect

Affect is a verb. It means ‘have an effect on somebody or something.’

  • The climate has affected my health.

Effect is a noun. It means ‘result’, or ‘change’.

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  • The war seriously affected oil prices.
  • The war had a serious effect on oil prices.

Affect vs. Effect | Grammar worksheet

The words affect and effect are often confused. Affect is a verb. Effect is a noun. It has a plural form – effects.

In a very formal style, effect can also be used as a verb. In this case, it means ‘carry out’.

Can you use these words correctly? Test your understanding with this simple exercise.

1. The hostile weather ……………….. his health. (affected / effected)

2. His words had no ……………….. on her. (effect / affect)

3. The injury did not …………………. his performance. (affect / effect)

4. The rate hike will have an adverse ……………….. on the real estate sector. (affect / effect)

5. Akbar ……………….. many reforms in the country. (affected / effected)

6. The rate hike did not ………………. the realty sector. (affect / effect)

7. She was not at all ……………. by the news. (affected / effected)

Answers

1. The hostile weather affected his health.

2. His words had no effect on her.

3. The injury did not affect his performance.

4. The rate hike will have an adverse effect on the real estate sector.

5. Akbar effected many reforms in the country.

6. The rate hike did not affect the realty sector.

7. She was not at all affected by the news.

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