Right vs Rite vs Write

If two words that are homophones (words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling) are already confusing enough for some, imagine if you have three. This is the case with the terms rightrite, and write. Although these words sound the same, they are very different in terms of meaning and uses. Today, we will help you distinguish between the three so you can use them correctly in your writing.

The word right can be used in a variety of ways but is most commonly functions as an adjective meaning “morally good, justified, or acceptable,” or “true or correct as a fact.”

Newt Gingrich: ‘Death to America’ — Why Trump’s Iran policy is right
Fox News

Why L.A. is right to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day
Los Angeles Times

Mike Ditka: ‘I intended the right thing. It just came out wrong.’
Chicago Tribune

It may also be used as an adverb meaning “correctly” or “to the furthest or most complete extent or degree.”

On a pivotal play, replay got it right: Jose Lobaton was out. But is that good for the game?
Washington Post

Hackers may have taken customer data right off of T-Mobile website

Right may also function as a noun referring to “that which is morally correct, just, or honorable” or “a moral or legal entitlement to have or obtain something or to act in a certain way.”

Women Shouldn’t Have The Right To Vote, Says ‘Alt-Right’ Leader Richard Spencer

Family battling for son’s right to autism therapy in school launches human rights complaint
Toronto Star

In some cases, it may also be used as a verb meaning “to restore to a normal or upright position.”

Tipped truck full of 40,000 pounds of vodka righted, Shotwell Road reopens
News & Observer

Meanwhile, the word rite is used as a noun pertaining to “a religious or other solemn ceremony or act,” “a social custom, practice, or conventional act,” or “a body of customary observances characteristic of a church or a part of it.”

Variety Of Catholic Rites In India Is Not Threat To Unity, Pope Says
The Tablet

Last rites of IAF Marshal Arjan Singh performed with 17-gun salute, fly past
Hindustan Times

Area students honored at ‘rite of passage’ for pharmaceutical study
The Delaware County Daily Times

On the other hand, the term write is a verb which means “to mark letters, words, or other symbols on a surface, typically paper, with a pen, pencil, or similar implement” or “to compose, write, and send a letter to someone.”

Carney poised to write ‘Dear chancellor’ letter, explaining Bank’s failure to curb inflation
The Times

Price Plans to Write $51,800 Check for Flights on Private Jets

E.P.A. Says It Will Write a New Carbon Rule, but No One Can Say When
New York Times

Now that we’ve identified the differences between rightrite, and write, it would be easier for you to incorporate these words in your works. Keep in mind that right deals with correctness or morality, rite pertains to a custom or ritual, while write is related to composing letters or symbols. Some people write extensively about a rite they deem to be right.