What are the differences between affect and effect? Some people still confuse the former with the latter. They find it difficult which word to use in a sentence. Should they use affect? Or is effect the proper word to use? Affect, and effect are homophones. They're pronounced the same, yet both have different meanings. While affect is most often used as a verb and effect as a noun, there are cases when affect is used as a noun and effect is used as a verb.


1. Affect Means "to Act on or Cause a Change."

An example sentence would be: Eating food rich in saturated fats and sugar can affect our health. Affect here means it can cause a change in something. That something would be the eating of unhealthy food. It's not good for our bodies. Eating unhealthy food can adversely affect our health.

Affect and Effect

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