Rhyme and rhyming words are common in English. You might even want to use this technique in your own writing. But how does rhyme work? What types of rhyming are there? And where is it used most often? In this post, we explain the basics.\n\nWhat Is Rhyme?\nWords rhyme when they end with similar or identical sounds to each other:\nThe cat sat on the mat.\nThe goat boarded the boat.\nHere, for example, "cat" rhymes with "mat," and "goat" rhymes with "boat."\nFor a perfect (or full) rhyme, the words need to share a stressed vowel sounds, as well as any sounds after this. This is clearly the case in the single-syllable words above, but it also applies to multi-syllable words (e.g., "seven" and "heaven").\nAn imperfect (or half) rhyme, on the other hand, will involve two words that don't quite meet the conditions for a perfect rhyme. This might be because the stress is different in the words (e.g., "reflect" and "subject" share an "-ect" sound, but the stress in each word falls on a different syllable). Or it might be because two words share similar but non-identical sounds (e.g., "sworn" and "swarm").\nThere are other types of rhyme. Assonance and consonance, for instance, focus on repetitions of sounds within words, not just in the final syllable (e.g., "honesty" and "policy," or "mash\u201d and "dish\u201d). But we will focus on perfect rhymes in this post.\n\n\nWhy Are Rhymes Used For?\nTwo of the most common uses for rhyme are:\n\n\n \tAdding a sense of playfulness, anticipation, and rhythm in creative writing.\n \tLinking ideas or concepts with rhyming words to make them memorable.\n\nThe most obvious examples come from poetry and song lyrics, where it is common to end a line with a rhyme. This is because the repetition of sounds is pleasant to the ear and creates a sense of rhythm so that the poem or song flows well.\nMany of the nursery rhymes we learn when we are young, for example, have a strong sense of rhythm to them created by the rhyming element:\nTwinkle, twinkle, little star\nHow I wonder what you are\nUp above the world so high\nLike a diamond in the sky\nThese rhyming couplets are a very simple type of rhyme, as you might expect from a children's song! But you can use rhyme very creatively, varying where rhymes fall and playing with people's expectations of what will come next.\nOutside of poetry, rhymes are also common in mnemonics (i.e., phrases or sayings that work as memory aids). For instance, you might have heard the following:\nIn fourteen hundred ninety-two\nColumbus sailed the ocean blue.\nThis is designed to remind us that Columbus set sail in 1492. And since no other single-digit numbers rhyme with "blue," we know the year has to end with "two."\nBusinesses use rhyming in marketing, too. A famous example of using rhyme in an advertising slogan came from the car company Chevrolet in the 1950s:\nSee the USA in your Chevrolet!\nAs well as being catchy, the rhyme here between "USA" and "Chevrolet" helps to connect the two words in people's minds. The slogan therefore cemented Chevrolet's reputation as an all-American company.\n\nExpert Proofreading\nAnd finally, a rhyme about proofreading:\nIf you don't get your writing proofread,\nTypos could be widespread.\nBut there's no need to be nervous:\nWith Proofed's editing service\nYou can be sure you won't be misread!\nHowever you choose to use rhyme in your writing, make sure your work is error free with our outstanding proofreading service! Why not upload a free 500-word trial document for our experts to proofread and find out more today?