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Grammar: affect or effect?

This can be a tricky aspect of English usage to remember, and it may not be of any use to be told the difference between a verb and a noun. Instead, think of them in terms of special effects, which affect your emotions. Make sure to learn the correct spelling for each.

Think of this phrase: special effects don't affect me.

About the author

Jesse Karjalainen is the author of The Joy of English: 100 conversations about the English Language, Cannibal – the language and history of the discovery of the New World, and Roanoke – the language and history of Early Colonial America.