Affect: The verb - the action causing the effect
The bass beats of my neighbor's sub-woofer affect my ability to sleep.
Effect: The noun - the outcome of something that happens
One of the effects of sleep deprivation is the decrease in awareness of socially *accepted behavior.
How I remember them:
- Affect: Action (both start with A)
- A before E (the action happens before the outcome)
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Interesting? Maybe not.
Helpful? To me, yes.
(as a side note - I've thought about them both so much in the last 10 minutes that now, they both look strange in any sentence.)
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How I remember accept versus except
Accept: To receive
Except: Do not receive - think exception