ISLPR Language Services Blog
Affect or Effect
Today’s blog post is about two words that many people have trouble using, even native English speakers!
- to affect (verb, infinitive) = to , to change in some way,
Lying on the beach in the hot sun will affect your skin and cause skin cancer.
The rain will affect the outcome of the match.
- to effect (verb, infinitive) = to bring something about, to produce an effect, to make something happen,
Changing the tax policy will affect a change in living standards.
- effect (noun) = a change on something, a result, a consequence,
The effect of the hot sun was to cause a headache.
- effects (noun, plural) = a persona™s belongings (often after the death of the person
Test out your knowledge and fill in the blanks below.
- The singer’s cold had a bad ______ on her voice.
- This drought will ______ the lawn but at least we won’t have to mow it.
- The current COVID-19 pandemic will badly ______ the world economy but its ______ on humanity is catastrophic.
Post your answers in the comments and we’ll let you know if you are correct.