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Investigate Homophones: Affect and Effect

In this worksheet, students practise using 'affect' and 'effect' correctly in sentences.

'Investigate Homophones: Affect and Effect' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:  Homophone Awareness

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

The words affect and effect sound the same but have different meanings. Many people, even adults, get confused about which one to use.

The word affect is a verb, meaning to influence or make a difference to something.

 

The snowy weather may affect our travel arrangements.

Joe's performance in the test was affected by his hay fever.

 

The word effect is a noun, meaning 'a result' or 'an impact'.

 

The snowy weather had an effect on our travel arrangements.

Keep changing the layout of your poster until you get the effect you're looking for.

 

In this worksheet you can practise using the words affect and effect correctly.

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence. Think about whether it should be a noun or a verb.

 

Try not to let the noise from outside the classroom __________ your concentration in the exam.

affect

effect

Again, choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

I thought the special __________ in the film were amazing.

affects

effects

Which is the missing word this time?

 

Our power supply was __________ by the storm.

affected

effected

Choose the correct missing word.

 

My mum says that stormy weather __________ her health.

affects

effects

What is the missing word this time?

 

What __________ will the new playground rules have on us?

affect

effect

This time, read the sentence and decide whether the correct word has been used or not.

 

Jayden is always badly effected by hay fever in the early summer.

The correct word has been used.

The wrong word has been used.

Has the writer of this sentence used the correct word?

 

Most people understand that smoking can have a bad effect on their health.

The correct word has been used.

The wrong word has been used.

Has the correct word been used in this sentence?

 

Staying up too late has a bad affect on your concentration at school the next day.

The correct word has been used.

The wrong word has been used.

This time write the correct missing word in the answer box. You don't need to write the whole sentence.

 

The film about the earthquake had a very moving __________ on the audience.

Finally, write the missing word in the answer box.

 

Leah's little sister was badly __________ by the death of her hamster.

  • Question 1

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence. Think about whether it should be a noun or a verb.

 

Try not to let the noise from outside the classroom __________ your concentration in the exam.

CORRECT ANSWER
affect
EDDIE SAYS
The noise may have an influence or make a difference to the students, so the correct choice is the verb 'affect'.
  • Question 2

Again, choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

I thought the special __________ in the film were amazing.

CORRECT ANSWER
effects
EDDIE SAYS
The missing word here is a noun, so the correct choice is 'effects'. The word 'affect' is mainly used as a verb.
  • Question 3

Which is the missing word this time?

 

Our power supply was __________ by the storm.

CORRECT ANSWER
affected
EDDIE SAYS
This time the missing word is the verb 'affected'. The storm has had an influence or made a difference to the power supply in this example.
  • Question 4

Choose the correct missing word.

 

My mum says that stormy weather __________ her health.

CORRECT ANSWER
affects
EDDIE SAYS
Are you seeing the pattern? Again, the missing word is a verb, so 'affects' is the correct choice. The stormy weather is having an influence on the Mum in this example.
  • Question 5

What is the missing word this time?

 

What __________ will the new playground rules have on us?

CORRECT ANSWER
effect
EDDIE SAYS
Here, the noun 'effect' is the correct choice. The rules will have an impact on the class.
  • Question 6

This time, read the sentence and decide whether the correct word has been used or not.

 

Jayden is always badly effected by hay fever in the early summer.

CORRECT ANSWER
The wrong word has been used.
EDDIE SAYS
The wrong word has been used here. The verb 'affected' is the correct choice. Remember the verb 'affected' means - to have an influence on someone, and hay fever is definitely having an influence on Jayden. Achoo!
  • Question 7

Has the writer of this sentence used the correct word?

 

Most people understand that smoking can have a bad effect on their health.

CORRECT ANSWER
The correct word has been used.
EDDIE SAYS
This time the correct word has been used. The word 'effect' is a noun and refers to the result of the smoking, and we all know that smoking will have a direct impact on an individual's health!
  • Question 8

Has the correct word been used in this sentence?

 

Staying up too late has a bad affect on your concentration at school the next day.

CORRECT ANSWER
The wrong word has been used.
EDDIE SAYS
This time the wrong word has been used. The noun 'effect' is the correct choice. Staying up late has an impact on your concentration, it makes it much worse!
  • Question 9

This time write the correct missing word in the answer box. You don't need to write the whole sentence.

 

The film about the earthquake had a very moving __________ on the audience.

CORRECT ANSWER
effect
EDDIE SAYS
The sentence is referring to the impact that the film had on the audience, so the correct choice is the noun 'effect'.
  • Question 10

Finally, write the missing word in the answer box.

 

Leah's little sister was badly __________ by the death of her hamster.

CORRECT ANSWER
affected
EDDIE SAYS
This time the verb 'affected' is needed. This is because the death of her hamster has influenced Leah's sister. Think you've cracked it now? Remember practice has an effect on how well you understand a topic!
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