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Edit This Grammar Lesson: Vain, Vein, and Vane


Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. Today, we'll be talking about the difference between Vain, Vein, and Vane. Do you find yourself getting tripped up on these?


If you do, you're not alone. Vain, Vein, and Vane are homophones — words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. The purpose of today's blog post is to explain the difference so that you can be a grammar pro moving forward.

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Vain is used to refer to someone who arrogantly admires themselves. It can also be used to describe a futile attempt or to try something without success.


* He tried in vain to get that car started.

* Staring at yourself in the mirror is vain.

* Steve is so vain.

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Vein is almost always used to describe the vessels that carry blood throughout our body. It can also refer to a distinctive style, layers of rock, or the ribs on an insect's wings.


* He stuck the needle in my vein.

* He tried in the same vein despite reprimands.

* The veins in those rocks are beautiful.

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Vane refers to a blade or fin on a propeller, windmill, weathervane, or turbine.


* That weathervane has been there for years.

* Those large vanes direct the water flow.

* The vane broke because of the strong winds.


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