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In a language that is full of homophones, rite and right are two of the most confusing. Each of these words has more than one meaning, so remembering the difference between them is no easy task. Plus, right can be several parts of speech, which doesn’t help matters.

Despite all these uses, rite and right can never be substituted for each other. You will need to keep track of these separate meanings to use them correctly. Luckily, there is an easy way to remember which word is which.

When to Use Rite

PTE Basics Rite

What does rite mean? Let’s start with the simpler of the two: riteRite can only be a noun, and it has a somewhat limited scope.

Its two primary meanings are a ritual or ceremony and a social convention. One of the most common uses of the latter is in the phrase rite of passage, which refers to an often unspoken requirement that individuals are expected to complete before gaining acceptance into a group or organization.

Here are a few examples of rite in a sentence.

  • The priest performed the rites of sacrifice to beseech the goddess for rain.
  • Having your heart broken by your first love is often considered a rite of passage into adulthood.

Right or right or passage? As mentioned above (and two of the example indicate), the correct spelling of the phrase is rite of passage.

When to Use Right

PTE Basics Right

What does right mean? Right is a word that has many meanings. It can be used as four different parts of speech: an adjective, an adverb, a noun, and a verb.

As an adjectiveright means correct or morally good, like in this sentence:

  • Lakshmi is right; if we split up, we will be able to find the ghost more quickly.

As an adverbright is used to indicate emphasis, like in the phrase right now. It is also a synonym of correctly.

As a verbright means to restore something to a normal position, like in the phrase right the ship.

  • Now the company is spending more than half-a-billion dollars for improvements to right the ship.

As a nounright usually means either the direction opposite of left or what is morally good. It can also mean a moral or legal entitlement.

For example,

  • The general store is to the right of the barber shop on that street.
  • “My parents did right by me,” Babu told Ahalya.

Trick to Remember the Difference

PTE Basics Rite ritual

Rite is not an adjective, adverb, or verb, so if you are using one of those parts of speech, right is the word you need. Both rite and right can be nouns though, so your choice is more difficult here.

Rite vs. Right Check: Remember that a rite can be a ritual. Since these words share their first three letters, you should always be able to link them together in your mind.


Is it rite or right? Rite and right are homophones that can each be used as a noun.

  • Rite refers to a ritual or custom.
  • Right means moral good, a direction, or a moral or legal entitlement.

Despite having multiple meanings each, they are never interchangeable.

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About Govind Desikan

AvatarGovind, a master of English language has taken to sharing his experience on English language and focus specifically on finer inputs on English language, IELTS and PTE exams through his posts here.

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