Friday, January 13, 2012
Affect vs. Effect
The simplest way to figure out which one to use is to decide whether or not you need a noun or a verb.
Affect = verb
Effect = noun
Nevertheless, that's not really easy to remember.
A better way to think of it is using the nifty little phrase: Cause and Effect!
Affect causes something, like happiness, pain, ect.
"The affect of the clown was laughter (or screams)!"
"The affect of the bullet in his side was pain."
Effect is what happens after a cause, like the happiness, pain, ect.
"The laughter (or screams) was an effect of the clown!"
"The pain was the effect of the bullet."
See how they're like the backwards versions of each other?
(The following is from Grammar Girl.)