What is the difference between affect and effect?

Affect is most commonly used as a verb:

to act on;

  • Heavy rain affected the harvest.
  • Your actions affect other people.

Effect is most commonly used as a noun:

something that is produced by a cause; a result; a consequence

  • The heavy rain had a terrible effect on the harvest.
  • Your actions have an effect on other people.

Let’s use affect and effect in one sentence:

Does knowing the effect of your decisions affect your decision making?



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