The difference between affect and effect!
is a verb meaning the following:
1. Produce a change in somebody/something, to have an influence on somebody/something:
- How will the government changes affect the life of the country?
- I don’t think your opinion will affect my decision.
- The south of the country was severely affected by the drought.
- How much do you think television affects children’s behaviour?
2. Attack or infect somebody or a part of the body as a disease, make somebody ill:
- The epidemic affected as many as forty per cent of the population.
- Rheumatic inflammation can affect the heart.
- Rub the cream into the affected areas three times a day.
3. Cause strong feelings of sadness, pity, despair, etc. in somebody:
- All the family were deeply affected by grandfather’s death.
- Don’t let your friends’ problems affect you too much.
4. Pretend to be feeling or thinking something, behave in a pretended way:
- She affected sympathy for the victim although she was cheerful inside.
- He often affects the natives’ accent.
is usually a noun meaning the following:
1. A change that somebody/something causes in somebody/something else, a result or influence:
- The medicine they gave her had an immediate effect on the pain.
- The warning had no effect on the students’ behaviour.
- The effect of the blizzard was terrible.
2. A particular look, sound or impression that somebody creates:
- The overall effect of this sculpture is overwhelming.
- The tricky lighting gave the effect of a moonlit scene.
- Large windows give an effect of spaciousness.
- Add some more make-up for a better effect.
3. Personal possessions, belongings (used in the plural):
- Our travel insurance covers all baggage and personal effects.
is also used as a verb, although not very often:
1. Achieve, produce:
- Both parties hope to end the disagreement and effect a reconciliation.
2. Cause, bring about, make something happen:
- He tried to effect his escape with blackmailing the guards.