We are often asked is it effect versus affect, effect vs. affect, what is the difference between affect and effect, when do you use affect, when do you use effect, when should you use effect, when should you use affect, what is the difference between effect and affect, etc. etc.... Below are some tips we use to remember for ourselves.
"Affect" is the Action (verb)
"Effect" is the End result (noun)
You HIT (verb) someone and the EFFECT is a bloody nose.
Your fist AFFECTED his nose. The end result was a bloody mess.
The arrow AFFECTED the aardvark. The EFFECT was eye-popping.
Keys: A->arrow-affected-aardvark. E=>effect eye's pop out.
Effect can be used as a verb such as to "bring about" or "accomplish." For example: Horrified by blood, the boxing commissioner hoped to effect change by outlawing punches to the face.
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