You get a bonus writing tip this month because I’ve been seeing this one A LOT lately and I’d like to set the record straight.
Affect vs. Effect
Affect is a verb.
Effect is a noun.
In case you’re struggling to remember your parts of speech, here are a few definitions to help you out:
Verb: a word that shows action or state of being
Noun: a person, place, thing, or idea
Here are a few examples:
The weather always affects the farmers’ crops.
A parent’s own upbringing often affects the way she raises her children.
The special effects in that movie were impressive.
The painting technique produced the desired effect in the living room.