As mentioned in Affect and Effect (as verbs) yesterday, both affect and effect can be used as a noun or a verb and each one has one or more meaning. Yesterday I wrote about the verb form and today’s blog includes examples of where it can be used as a noun. Here goes:
Where effect and affect are NOUNS
I have taken the definitions for the word effect from the Collins English dictionary (Home edition), but added my own examples:
Definition: Change or result caused by someone or something
Example: The training I received had an effecton my pass mark.
Definition: Condition of being operative
Example: The new timetable comes into effect next month.
Definition: Overall impression
Example: The uncluttered rooms gave an effect of cleanliness and good housekeeping.
Effects (plural noun)
Definition: Lighting, sounds etc to accomplish a film or broadcast
Example: The film I watched at the cinema had special effects
My definition: In psychology and psychiatry, the word affect is used as a technical term to express an emotional response.
Example: The anxious and overwhelmed affect may be viewed as a symptom of stress.
My thoughts: Apparently there are more situations where affect is a verb and effect is a noun, so I will use this general rule to help me initially (until I get really good at it of course!). I really struggled to come up with a meaning for affect as a noun and it took even longer to think of an example to illustrate this, but the good thing is, I won’t forget it now.
All I can say is good luck; if I find any more useful tips, I will add some comments to this blog.
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Collins English dictionary (Home edition)