# 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.

## 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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