When do you use AFFECT rather than EFFECT, and vice versa?
This can be one of the trickier challenges. It is a mistake I see quite often.
Here is A Quick 5 point novel guide.
I will start with an important recap.
1. What is a NOUN?
A NOUN is a part of speech which refers to a person, place or thing. A Noun answers the question: “What?”
2. What is a VERB?
A VERB is a part of speech which indicates action. A VERB is an action word which answers the question: ‘How?’
3. EFFECT is a noun
EFFECT means something “influenced” or something that is “produced by a cause or a result”. My time was slow, the effect of a broken toe.
The crops felt the effect of the rain.
4. AFFECT is a verb
AFFECT means “to influence” or “produce and effect a change in”. “My broken toe affected my time in the marathon”.
The rain affects the crops
There are rare exceptions. EFFECT can be a verb when try to produce something big, “the government tried to EFFECT change”.