I say affect . . .
Wait a minute.
There are rules.
And yes, I know them.
Affect is most generally used as a verb.
Effect is usually used as a noun.
But then there's those other times.
You know . . . where the rules dive into gray matter and you pull out the dictionary to read what it says and end up scratching your head as you try to understand.
I do this more times than I want to admit.
So I thought if I struggle sometimes, I'll bet you do as well.
Here's a wonderful clip that explains it very well.
I hope this helps.
Do you have an easy rule that helps you keep affect and effect straight in your mind? If so, please share. What works for me might not work for you. The more tips we share the more writers we can help.