ISLPR Language Services Blog

Affect or Effect

Posted by on Apr 19, 2021 at 10:26 AM

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.

  1. The singer’s cold had a bad ______ on her voice.
  2. This drought will ______ the lawn but at least we won’t have to mow it.
  3. 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.