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Use 'affect' and 'effect' Correctly

In this worksheet, students practise using the words 'affect' and 'effect' in the correct contexts in their writing.

'Use 'affect' and 'effect' Correctly' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  Writing

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Accurate Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Difficulty level:  

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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 meaning 'to produce a change in something'. The word effect is a noun and means 'a result'.

The medication had an instant effect on her headache.

 

(The word effect can also be used as a verb, meaning 'to cause' or 'to bring about', as in  'the criminal effected his escape by vaulting the wall', but this usage is quite technical and is mostly found in official reports.)

 

In this worksheet you can 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 the wildlife near the river.

correct

incorrect

Decide whether the following sentence uses the word effected correctly or not.

 

I can't see why we should be effected by the new rules.

correct

incorrect

This time, choose the correct word to complete the sentence. Write it in the answer box.

 

Jaden was greatly __________ by the death of his grandmother.

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence. Write it in the answer box.

 

The earthquake __________ thousands of people.

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence. Write it in the answer box.

 

I tried to persuade her not to go, but I had no __________ on her.

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence. Write it in the answer box.

 

Cigarette smoke always __________ my asthma.

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence. Write it in the answer box.

 

The high price of oil has had a big __________ on petrol prices.

  • 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' is 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.
  • 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
This is correct because we are talking about the result that 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 the wildlife near the river.

CORRECT ANSWER
correct
EDDIE SAYS
Again, we are talking about the result of the pollution so 'effect' is correct.
  • Question 5

Decide whether the following sentence uses the word effected correctly or not.

 

I can't see why we should be effected by the new rules.

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

This time, choose the correct word to complete the sentence. Write it in the answer box.

 

Jaden was greatly __________ by the death of his grandmother.

CORRECT ANSWER
affected
EDDIE SAYS
A verb is needed in this context.
  • Question 7

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence. Write it in the answer box.

 

The earthquake __________ thousands of people.

CORRECT ANSWER
affected
EDDIE SAYS
A verb is needed here, too.
  • Question 8

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence. Write it in the answer box.

 

I tried to persuade her not to go, but I had no __________ on her.

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

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence. Write it in the answer box.

 

Cigarette smoke always __________ my asthma.

CORRECT ANSWER
affects
EDDIE SAYS
A verb is needed here.
  • Question 10

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence. Write it in the answer box.

 

The high price of oil has had a big __________ on petrol prices.

CORRECT ANSWER
effect
EDDIE SAYS
A noun is needed here because we are talking about the result of the high oil price.
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