What are confusables? Confusables are words that tend to get mixed up in English because they look alike or are spelled in a similar way. Let's look at two of these right now.
Affect and effect are often used one in place of the other. The thing is, they are not synonyms.
Here is a simple way to learn it:
Affect- Affect is a verb. To affect something is to cause a change and influence it to happen.
Effect- Effect is the result of causing a change to happen.
When you affect something, it causes an effect. Affect is the action and effect is the result of an action.
Here are some example sentences.
I hope this won’t affect his health because the last prescription the doctor gave him had some terrible side effects.
Here's another example.
Not paying your bills affects your credit.
That luxury trip to Rome had no effect at all on his credit because he paid the bill right away.
I hope this helps you to see the difference between effect and affect. Join us as we explain more confusables in the weeks to come.