Englisch Lernen – The Right Way

Many people are not sure how to use these English words. Do you know which one is which?

Affect  vs  Effect

To make these words even more confusing than they already are, both can be used as either a noun or a verb.

Let’s start with the verbs. Affect means to influence something or someone; effect means to accomplish something. “Your job was affected by the organisational restructuring” but “These changes will be effected on Monday.”

As a noun, an effect is the result of something: “The sunny weather had a huge effect on sales.” It’s almost always the right choice because the noun affect refers to an emotional state and is rarely used outside of medical or psychological circles.

Bring vs  Take

Bring and take both describe transporting something or someone from one place to another, but the correct usage depends on the speaker’s point of view. Somebody brings something to you, but you take it to somewhere else: “Bring me the post, then take your shoes to your room.”

Just remember, if the movement is toward you, use bring; if the movement is away from you, use take.