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Use 'Affect' and 'Effect' Correctly

In this worksheet, students will practise using the words 'affect' and 'effect' in the correct context.

'Use 'Affect' and 'Effect' Correctly' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Writing

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Accurate Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

The words 'affect' and 'effect' are confused by many people, even adults. Do you know which of the following sentences is correct?

'Polly's hay fever affected her performance in the exam.'

'Polly's hay fever effected her performance in the exam.'

The first sentence is the correct one. The word 'affect' is a verb that means to have an effect on. The word 'effect' is a noun that means a result.

'The medication had an instant effect on her headache.'

 

The word 'effect' can also be used as a verb to mean to cause or bring about an outcome.

For example: 'the criminal effected his escape by vaulting the wall'. However, this usage is quite technical and is mostly found in official reports.

 

In this worksheet, you will practise using the words 'affect' and 'effect' correctly.

Decide whether the following sentence uses the word 'affect' correctly or not.

 

Bobby's friendship with Jake has had a bad affect on his behaviour.

Correct

Incorrect

Decide whether the following sentence uses the word 'affected' correctly or not.

 

Will our holiday be affected by the air traffic controllers' strike?

Correct

Incorrect

Decide whether the following sentence uses the word 'effect' correctly or not.

 

Mina's new teacher had an immediate effect on her work.

Correct

Incorrect

Decide whether the following sentence uses the word 'effect' correctly or not.

 

The pollution incident had a terrible effect on wildlife near the river.

Correct

Incorrect

Look at the following sentence and fill the blank with either 'effected' or 'affected' so that the sentence makes sense.

 

 

Correct

Incorrect

This time, choose the correct word ('affected'/'effected') to complete the sentence below. 

 

 

Correct

Incorrect

Choose the correct word ('affected'/'effected') to complete the sentence.

 

 

Correct

Incorrect

Choose the correct word ('affect'/'effect') in order to complete the sentence below.

 

 

Correct

Incorrect

Choose the correct word ('affects'/'effects') to complete the sentence below.

 

Correct

Incorrect

Choose the correct word ('affect'/'effect') to complete the sentence below.

 

 

Correct

Incorrect

  • Question 1

Decide whether the following sentence uses the word 'affect' correctly or not.

 

Bobby's friendship with Jake has had a bad affect on his behaviour.

CORRECT ANSWER
Incorrect
EDDIE SAYS
The correct choice is 'effect' because we are talking about the result of Bobby's friendship with Jake.
  • Question 2

Decide whether the following sentence uses the word 'affected' correctly or not.

 

Will our holiday be affected by the air traffic controllers' strike?

CORRECT ANSWER
Correct
EDDIE SAYS
The verb 'affect' is the correct choice here. Don't worry if you are still getting confused between 'affect' and 'effect', we'll keep practising together!
  • Question 3

Decide whether the following sentence uses the word 'effect' correctly or not.

 

Mina's new teacher had an immediate effect on her work.

CORRECT ANSWER
Correct
EDDIE SAYS
The sentence was correct as we are talking about the result the new teacher brought about.
  • Question 4

Decide whether the following sentence uses the word 'effect' correctly or not.

 

The pollution incident had a terrible effect on wildlife near the river.

CORRECT ANSWER
Correct
EDDIE SAYS
In this instance we are talking about the result of the pollution, therefore 'effect' is correct.
  • Question 5

Look at the following sentence and fill the blank with either 'effected' or 'affected' so that the sentence makes sense.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A verb is needed, therefore 'affected' is the correct choice.
  • Question 6

This time, choose the correct word ('affected'/'effected') to complete the sentence below. 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A verb is needed in this context as the death of Jaden's grandmother influenced him. As such, the correct spelling is 'affected'. This is good, keep it up!
  • Question 7

Choose the correct word ('affected'/'effected') to complete the sentence.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A verb is needed here, too. The people have been influenced by an external factor so we use 'affected'.
  • Question 8

Choose the correct word ('affect'/'effect') in order to complete the sentence below.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
We are talking about a result here, so the noun 'effect' is needed.
  • Question 9

Choose the correct word ('affects'/'effects') to complete the sentence below.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A verb is needed here because the worsening of someone's asthma is a result of the action of smoking.
  • Question 10

Choose the correct word ('affect'/'effect') to complete the sentence below.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The noun 'effect' is needed here as high oil prices have influenced petrol prices. Great work, you've completed another activity! How about attempting another one so you feel super confident?
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