Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. Today, we'll be talking about the difference between Reign, Rein, and Rain. Do you find yourself getting tripped up on the proper usage for all or some of these?
Remember that Reign, Rein, and Rain are homophones — words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. So let's dive right in.
Reign refers to a period in which someone rules or occupies a throne. It also means a period of dominant power, or that someone or something is the best.
* The King's reign lasted 40 years.
* Her reign of terror dominates this office.
* High school football reigns supreme in Texas.
Rein refers to those fancy straps we use to control a horse. It is also used in common phrases such as "rein in" or "give free rein."
* Make sure to hold those reins tight.
* My wife has free rein to decorate our house.
* Sometimes, you must rein in a difficult employee.
Rain is, well, those water drops falling from the sky. It can also refer to a large amount of something and can be used figuratively.
* It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring.
* The rain washed all the dirt away.
* It's raining cats and dogs outside!
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