Common mistake at the reigns (reins)

Common Grammar Mistakes: Correct Usage of Words

English grammar can be tricky, and even seasoned writers and speakers make mistakes from time to time. One common error is using the wrong word that sounds similar but has a different meaning. In this article, we will explore the correct usage of some commonly confused words and provide examples to help you avoid these mistakes in your writing.

1. "At the reigns" vs. "At the reins"

The correct phrase is "at the reins." The word "reins" refers to the straps or ropes attached to a horse's bridle, which are used to control or direct the animal. It is often used metaphorically to mean having control or power over something or someone. For example:

  • She took the reins of her father's business after he retired.
  • The coach handed over the reins of the team to his assistant.

On the other hand, "reigns" is the third-person singular present tense of the verb "reign," which means to hold royal office or to be in power as a monarch. For example:

  • The queen reigns over the country.
  • He reigned as the king for twenty years.

So, next time you want to express control or leadership, remember to use the phrase "at the reins" and not "at the reigns."

Linguix grammar checker is a helpful tool that can assist you in identifying and correcting common grammar mistakes in your writing.

at the reigns (reins) mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    The coachman held the reigns with expertise.

    The coachman held the reins with expertise.

  • Correct:
    The CEO holds the reins with authority.
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