Gage vs. Gauge

In this lesson, we're gonna discuss the differences and similarities between these two words. If you're ready to expand your knowledge, join me.

"Gage" vs. "Gauge" in English

What Is Their Main Difference?

They are only similar in that they are pronounced similarly. However, 'gage' is an archaic word and it indicates a small valuable object given to someone as a symbol of good faith, whereas, 'gauge' refers to measuring something.

Differences

'Gage' refers to a small valuable object with the aim of showing someone your faith. It is an archaic word no longer used that much. Look at the examples below:

He gave him a black rose as a gage.

I loved the scene where the lady gave the knight a gage.

'Gauge', on the other hand, refers to measuring something. Take a look below:

Let us gauge the distance first.

It seems that they'[re trying to gauge the temperature.

Similarities

The only similarity between these two is that they are pronounced the same.

Are They Interchangeable?

As it was clear above, they cannot be used interchangeably because 'gage' is a valuable object, whereas, 'gauge' refers to measurement. Compare:

✓ The prince gave her this ring as a gage.

X The prince gave her this ring as a gauge.

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