This set of sound-alike words tripped up the author in the book I read this morning. Here’s a paraphrase of the wrong use:
“The old woman used her cane for emphasis as she proceeded with stately gate across the town square.”
Gate – a movable framework or solid structure controlling access through a wall or fence. A numbered exit at an airport terminal. A moveable barrier at a railroad crossing.
Alternate meanings: 1) Total amount of money collected as admission fees for a performance or exhibition. 2) Slang – get the gate = be dismissed from a position.
Tom swung idly on the gate while waiting for the postman to arrive.
The rock band, wildly popular in the eighties, expected their agent to negotiate a larger share of the gate.
Elwood never expected to get the gate when his company’s competitor bought him out.
Gait – a manner of walking or running. Any trot, pace, canter, or galloping foot movement of a horse. To train a horse to move in a particular gait. To lead a dog before judges at a dog show in a way that shows its gait.
Cowboys seem to have something in common–a telltale gait.
Tennessee Walker horses are valued for their unique, high-stepping gait.
Here’s another look at Gate and Gait.
The injured man tried to disguise his limping gate as he hurried away from his pursuers.
“All we need now is a white picket fence with a fancy gait under a rose-covered archway,” Melody sighed as she rested her head on her new husband’s shoulder.
Walt Disney created a magical entrance to his kingdom when he constructed a fancy gate beneath which every visitor passes.
Housewives tsked with judgement as they watched the bum’s stumbling gait down the street.
It’s hard to maintain a smooth running gait when the gate you must open each morning sticks instead of swinging smoothly.
Need a memory trick to distinguish these words? If you can swing it open, or buy a steak dinner with it, you’ve got the gate. If it’s about how you move your feet, or how an animal moves, use your “i’s.”