This is a tricky one as they both can have an affect on the effect you are attempting. Yeah…which one to use, which one to use, hmmmm…
Is it possible to effect the affect? Or affect the effect? The truly scary bit is that either word can be a noun or a verb. Fortunately, using affect as a noun is generally restricted to a very limited field.
A good general rule is affect is the verb while effect is the noun.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Grammar Girl|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun 1; Verb, transitive 2, 3||Noun; Verb, transitive|
[Psychology] Emotion or desire, especially as influencing behavior or action
When speaking about psychology with reference to someone’s mood.
(Psychologists know that you can never really understand what someone else is feeling. You can only know how they appear to be feeling.)
Be warned that affect as a noun is almost entirely restricted to psychology.
To act in a way that you don’t feel
Have an effect on
Make a difference to
Pretend to have or feel something 3
A change that is a result or consequence of an action or other cause
[Effects] The lighting, sound, or scenery used in a play, movie, or broadcast[Effects] Personal belongings
Cause something to happen
She displayed a happy affect.
The rain affected Amy’s hairdo.
She affected an air of superiority.
The dampness began to affect my health.
Your attitude will affect how successful you are.
The atrocities he witnessed have affected him most deeply.
As usual I affected a supreme unconcern.
A book that affects to loathe the modern world.
He was an American who had affected a British accent.
The effect was eye-popping.
The sound effects were amazing.
Her face shows the lethal effects of hard drugs.
Politicians really do have some effect on the lives of ordinary people.
Wind power can be used to great effect.
The Doppler effect is when something sounds louder as it approaches you and sounds fainter as it goes away.
Gentle music can have a soothing effect.
The production relied too much on spectacular effects.
Thank god our insurance covers personal effects.
Nature always effected a cure.
Budget cuts were quietly effected over four years.
|History of the Word:|
|1 Late 19th century and coined in German from Latin affectus meaning disposition, from afficere meaning to influence. See also 3.
2 Late Middle English in the sense of attack as a disease, from the French affecter or the Latin affect- meaning influenced or affected from the verb afficere. See also 3.
3 Late Middle English from the French affecter or the Latin affectare meaning aim at and a frequentative of afficere meaning work on or influence from ad- (at, to) + facere (do). The original sense was like or love, hence (like to) use, assume, etc.
|Late Middle English from the Old French or from the Latin effectus, which is from efficere meaning accomplish, from ex- (out, thoroughly) + facere (do, make).|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?