These two terms are very frequently mixed up and are frequently used in science on graphs and lab reports.
|How to Keep Them Straight:
- Affects is a verb (Remember by thinking "A" is for Action)
Effects is a noun
- When you perform an action on something, you are affecting it. The result is the
||Here effects is used because it is a noun:
Here affects is used because it is a verb:
- The Effects of Rock Music on Lima Bean Plant Height.
- I will measure the effect that temperature has on volume of a balloon.
- What effect do you think studying will have on my grade?
- I will study how rock music will affect the height of Lima Beans.
- The irregular shape of my sample affects how well I can measure its width.
- I'm not sure how much my lack of sleep affected my test performance.