The difference between effecting and affecting

First off, Effecting and affecting are neither homophones nor homographs i.e. they are not pronounced nor spelled the same. In this blog post, we are going to explore what’s the difference between effecting and affecting in use.


This word can be used as a verb and a noun.

As a verb, it means to bring about or cause something to happen.

For examples:

  • The new reforms will effect some positive changes in the long term.
  • The government has effected some education reforms

As a noun, effect means the result or consequence of a given phenomenon

For examples:

  • One of the effects of pollution is global-warming
  • The effect of taking drugs is sometimes death
  • Smoking can have many dangerous effects
  • Divorce can carry bad effects on our children

Some phrases and expressions with effect:

In effect:

It means in reality even if it is not officially confessed

For example:

The internet is, in effect, a waste of time sometimes

Come into effect:

To begin applying a certain law, policy, reform or practice.

For example:

  • The new education policy came into effect, last year.

For effect:

For the sake of carrying an impression on people or audience

  • He is arguing for effect (just to impress the people around him)


It means to bring some result or effect on someone or something, usually in a negative way.

For examples:

  • Smoking has started affecting my health
  • This weather affects my sleep cycle.

Affected by:

 To be affected emotionally and it’s used in the passive form

  • I was affected by the event
  • She was deeply affected by her father’s death

The noun of affect is affection: affection means to have a nice feeling or a feeling of love and admiration towards someone or something.

  • She expressed her affections eloquently for him.
  • The teacher shows so much affection to his students.

Note: verb affect is used interchangeably with effect when the word effect is a noun not a verb.

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