Reign, Rein, & Rain: What’s the Difference?

Reign, Rein, & Rain: What’s the Difference?

by Steve Gamel
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Welcome to another grammar lesson brought to you by Edit This®. 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?

Please don’t feel bad if you do. I’m here to tell you that even the most veteran writers and editors (including yours truly) either stumble on these or find themselves at least pausing to think about which one they need to use in a particular sentence.

So let’s dive right in, shall we? Reign, Rein, and Rain – What’s the difference?

Reign refers to a period of time in which someone rules or occupies a throne, such as a king or queen. 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.

Rein, on the other hand, 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.
Sometimes, you must rein in a difficult employee.

And last but not least … Rain. 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.
My son’s baseball games always get rained out this time of year.

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