Common mistake effort vs afford

Common Mistake: Effort vs. Afford

One common mistake that people often make in their writing is confusing the words "effort" and "afford". These two words sound similar but have completely different meanings. Let's explore the differences and ensure we use the correct word in the right context.


The word "effort" is a noun that describes the exertion or physical/mental energy invested in doing something. It refers to the work, attempt, or action that someone puts into achieving a goal or completing a task.

  • She put a lot of effort into preparing for her final exams.
  • He made a concerted effort to improve his public speaking skills.


The word "afford" is a verb that means to have the financial means or ability to do or buy something. It implies that someone has enough money or resources to make a particular purchase or engage in a specific activity.

  • We can't afford to go on vacation this year because of our tight budget.
  • He couldn't afford to buy the expensive car, so he settled for a more affordable option.

It's important to use the correct word in a sentence to ensure clarity and avoid confusion. Mixing up "effort" and "afford" can lead to misunderstandings or misinterpretations of what you are trying to convey.

Linguix grammar checker can help you identify and correct such mistakes in your writing.

effort vs afford mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    I cannot effort a new car.

    I cannot afford a new car.

  • Correct:
    Could you do XYZ, it wont take you much effort?
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