The words "gate" and "gait" sound the same, but they have different meanings. Since they have similar spellings too, it can be easy to confuse them. In this post, we\u2019ll look at how to make sure you use the correct word in your writing.\n\nGate (Moveable Barrier)\nThe word "gate" is a noun that generally refers to part of a fence that opens and closes like a door. For example:\nThe gates to the park will be locked at 10pm.\nMy garden gate has rusty hinges.\nOther barriers may also be called a "gate," too. For instance, the part of an airport where you get on or off an aircraft is usually called a "gate":\nGate 14 is now ready for boarding.\nAnother meaning for "gate" is the number of people that attend a large event, such as a sports game, or the amount of money taken from attendees:\nWe saw a gate of 14,000 people last weekend.\nThe gate for the match was lower than last season.\nWe can also use "-gate" as a suffix after a noun to create a name for a scandal:\nThe politician\u2019s Italian holiday scandal is being referred to as "pastagate."\nThis way of using "-gate" began with the Watergate scandal.\n\nGait (Manner of Walking)\n"Gait" is a noun that refers to the way a person or animal walks or runs:\nMark\u2019s gait has been unsteady since the car accident.\nShe won a prize for her horse\u2019s excellent gait.\nVery rarely, "gait" can also be a verb that means "train an animal to walk a certain way," usually a horse or a dog. In most cases, though, "gait" will be a noun.\n\nSummary: Gate or Gait?\nWhile these words look and sound similar, they have very different meanings:\n\n\n \tGate usually refers to part of a fence that opens and closes like a door.\n \tGait typically refers to how a person or animal walks.\n\n"Gate" is the more common of these words, so it is the one you are likely to need most often. The only time you will need "gait" is when describing how someone or something is walking, so in all other cases the correct spelling will be "gate."\nIf you\u2019d like some extra help to check your work is always error free, though, why not try a free trial of our proofreading service today?