Answered By: Priscilla Coulter
Last Updated: Sep 10, 2019     Views: 123

“Affect” is a verb, which means “to have an impact on”.  You can affect, or be affected by, something. 

  • Example:  “The rollercoaster affected me physically, in an unpleasant way.”


“Effect” is usually used as a noun, though it can be used as a verb, too.  As a noun, it has a similar meaning to the word “impact.”  When it is used as a verb, it is used much like the word “create.”

  • Example (noun): “The roller coaster had an unpleasant effect on me.”
  • Example (verb):  “I had hoped that the roller coaster would effect a cure for my acrophobia, but it did not.”


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