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Today, let's look at a few commonly confused words.
Prescribe/Proscribe, Vein/Vain/Vane, Rain/Rein/Reign, Weather/Whether/Wether
—PRESCRIBE or PROSCRIBE
A doctor prescribes antibiotics when you are ill.
The law proscribes theft.
—VEIN, VAIN, or VANE
—RAIN, REIN, or REIGN
The saying, to have 'free rein' over something, comes from the loosening of the reins on a horse to give it more freedom. So the phrase should be FREE REIN, not free reign.
—WHETHER, WEATHER, or WETHER
I want to go to the beach, whether you go or not.
I'm going to the beach regardless of the weather.
Yes, I said *a* wether because wether is a noun and is a castrated ram/male sheep.
Are you ready for your MNEMONIC for weather, whether, and wether?
This one is a little more difficult to remember, but if you get this, you'll never use *wether* incorrectly.
"The farmer looked out the window and wondered whether the wether would weather the weather or whether the weather would kill the wether."
Memorize that one. There will be a test later.
(SOURCES: Quick & Dirty Tips / Grammar Girl and my newest reference book—Grammar Rules: Writing with Military Precision)
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