After studying English through high school, sixth form and now, at university, I found myself, whilst writing an article, stuck on the word “effect”. When writing the word I paused, as I was sure that it was wrong, but it didn’t seem wrong. It’s the same feeling you get when you don’t know whether to use “of” or “off”. Affect or effect? I wasn’t sure which one to use. It was an embarrassing moment for me. So remembering Marshall’s rant about the words in an episode of “How I Met Your Mother”, I decided to find out once and for all. So here it is:
Affect – it means to influence something. For example, “Jeff was affected by Ron’s comment”, “the sound affects the water”.
Effect – it means as a result of something is the core definition. For instance, “the effect was amazing”, “sound effects”.