It’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and they may appear here soon!
This week’s words are:
rain – falling water.
The rain was pouring down.
rein – (n.) part of a bridle; (v.) to check; to stop.
It was time to rein in the committee members who had launched off onto a different topic.
reign – (n.) the term of a ruler’s power; a period during which power is exercised; (v.) to rule.
The reign of the chapter president is over.
Some hints to help remember are that to stop something–like a horse–is to rein them in (like the horse’s rein) while reign looks pretty royal to me with the silent “g.”