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Affect and Effect

Effect and Affect are two words that sound similar but are VERY different. Many people have trouble telling them apart and knowing when it’s correct to use them.

One of the best ways to remember the difference is to know that most of the time, affect is used as a verb and effect is used as a noun.

Here’s your chance to make a video showing what happens when these words are used correctly, and what COULD happen if they’re used incorrectly!

Think about the scenarios where affect and effect could be used. Think about how badly things could go if the wrong word is used. Think about how to help us to remember when to use the right word. Then create a video, less than 2 minutes long, that demonstrates the confusion these two words can produce and the rule that will help us remember when to use each of them.

Here are some tips:

Affect as a verb means to influence.

“The rain affected the outcome of the track race.”

Sometimes the verb Affect also means to act in a way you don’t feel.

“Mary affected an air of sadness, even though she was secretly thrilled.”

Effect as a noun has many different meanings. At their core, most mean a result.

“Rain had an effect on the outcome of the race.”

This rule, that affect is usually a verb that means to influence and effect is usually a noun meaning a result – is a great shortcut to remembering the difference between these similar-sounding but actually very different words!

Here’s one example:

You’ve just completed a revolutionary new experiment. What you’ve discovered could change the course of human history and you’re desperate to share your findings with the world!

You want to tell people how their lives will be effected… wait, no, affected… wait, no… Which word, effect or affect, is the correct one to use?

You want to make sure the world understands what you’re trying to say, but your message could be lost if you use the incorrect word. Before you can tell the world about your life-changing discovery, you need to determine the difference between the wordseffect — a noun that means, more or less, a result — and affect – a verb that means to cause something to happen or to influence. Get it right and you’re beloved by millions. Get it wrong and…the world may never be the same.

Your Submission Requirements:

In a video no longer than 2 minutes you must:

  • Clearly and accurately explain the meaning and correct usage of the words effectand affect. While doing so, you must also:
    • Make clear that you are defining effect as a noun and affect as a verb.
    • Include clear, concise definitions of these words, based on relevant dictionary definitions.
    • Show us when each word is appropriate to use.
    • Show both words on screen in an example sentence at least once.
  • Demonstrate the word affect in the present tense.
  • Demonstrate the word effect in the singular (i.e., show us effect not effects).
  • Meet all official rules and requirements.

Winners will be selected by the judges based on their video’s concise illustration of the difference and meaning of the words affect and effect.

Key Dates:

  • March 25, 2013 – Contest opens
  • May 20, 2013 – Last day to submit your video (by 11:59 p.m. ET)
  • May 29, 2013 – Finalists notified
  • June 7, 2013 - Winners announced on the Project ED website

Finalist and Winner Judging Criteria:

Videos will be evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:

  • Educational merit and accuracy: How well did you achieve the educational goals presented in the contest brief and how much do viewers learn from your video.
  • Creativity and engagement: Video presents educational content in a memorable way; viewers are compelled to watch the video to completion. Video conveys its message in an artistic and innovative manner.
  • Quality of video production: Video has high resolution and audio quality, and effectively employs visual aesthetics and cinematography.
  • Appropriate content: Video does not contain indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, or offensive material.

In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken on the basis of the tied entrants’ scores in the “Educational merit and accuracy” criteria.

Prizes:

Prizes per contest vary. In most cases, a grand prize will be awarded to one video in the Under 18 category and one in the Over 18 category. Finalist videos will also receive a prize. Rules for each contest explain how and when we will notify you and the date the prizes will be announced.

Prizes are awarded at Amplify’s discretion and subject to the applicable district and school policies. Teachers’ prizes may be awarded via DonorChoose.org.

Official Requirements:

  • The video’s creator must be 13 or over.
  • Entrants who are minors must obtain a parent’s or guardian’s consent to enter the contest.
  • Your video can’t last more than 2 minutes.
  • You must use appropriate language and content.
  • You must properly clear and credit any source music, film clips, images, or locations you use.
  • You can only submit one entry per contest.
  • If you are employed by a school you must ensure your entry into this contest is in compliance with your institution’s policies.
  • Please carefully read the complete rules listed in the General Terms and Conditions.

Merriam Webster Dictionary definition for affect

Merriam Webster Dictionary definition for effect

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