Something takes effect when it starts working.
The sleeping tablet didn’t take effect for at least an hour.
The new laws took effect at midnight.
Getting the grade you need
When we quote someone, we might use something to that effect to show that our quote might not be exact. What we say is intended to have the same meaning.
He told her that he was going to resign or something to that effect.
We can use words to that effect in the same way.
She told me that it was pointless applying for that job – or words to that effect.
Many students confuse affect and effect. Do you know the difference? Which on is a verb and which one is a noun?
Affect is a regular verb. It usually means to influence or change something.
The cold weather really affects my concentration.
His injury affected the result of the football match.
Effect is a noun. It is a result of something.
One effect of the cold is that I lose concentration.
His injury had no effect on the result of the football match.
Be careful because effect can also be used as a regular verb! It is not commonly used in this way but it can be. It means to produce a result or to make something happen.
The dramatic tax cuts were designed to effect spending change in the economy.
Effective is an adjective which tells us that something is good for its purpose.
Her teaching methods were very effective and we all got a grade 7 in the IELTS exam.