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Edit This Grammar Lesson: Affect vs. Effect

Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. In today's blog, let's discuss the difference between Affect vs. Effect. Do you know when to use each one?

Most of you might be saying, "Why, yes, I do!" But for others, it's not that easy – even for a veteran writer and editor like me. I'm constantly having to stop and think about this one.

Affect and Effect are examples of homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings – and they trip more people up than you think. In today's post, I'll be going over each of them to clear up any confusion.

Affect means influence, impact, or change.

* The virus didn't affect my dad at all.

* Tom's performance was affected by an overall lack of sleep.

* Your bad attitude is affecting everyone.

Effect refers to the result of something happening.

* It's a simple case of cause and effect.

* The drug's side effect is dizziness.

* John wanted to effect change by protesting.

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