Monday, February 14, 2011

60-Second Syntax: affect vs. effect

60-Second Syntax is a quick look at some common mistakes in writing. Please note: Different editors may follow different styles and rules.

Generally speaking, affect is a verb and effect is a noun.

Affect means to influence.

Effect means outcome or result.

Effect can also be a verb meaning to make happen.

Example: His speech on gun control may affect the voters’ choice.

Cancer can be an effect of smoking.

The law effected a change in public policy.