GCSE English

Affect and effect


Affect is a verb, although very rarely it can be used as a noun. Effect can be a verb or a noun, so it's no wonder most people get in a muddle here [Ed. I do!]. Try to use them both in situations like this:

Effect (noun): a thing that has happened.
"Seeing live worms in his dinner has such an effect on Brian!"
Effect (verb): to bring about change.
"We will effect changes to the school uniform from next term."

Affect (verb): to produce an effect on.
"Rachael shaving her head didn't affect the way Gabriel felt about her."

Advice and advise
Affect and effect
Bought and brought
Complement and compliment
Discreet and discrete
Hear and here
Its and it's
Lead and led
Less and fewer
Licence and license
Loose and lose
  Plane and plain
Poor, pore and pour
Practice and practise
Principal and principle
Sort and sought
Stationary and stationery - new!
There, their and they're
Threw, through and thorough
To and too
Warn and Worn
Whose and who's
Your and you're

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