Principal vs Principle - English Grammar - Teaching Tips


Since the usage of these two words is often unclear, we decided to take a closer look. The word "principal" is used both as a noun and an adjective. When used as a noun, it refers to a person of high authority, for example: Mr. Brown is the principal of this high school. When used as an adjective, "principal" has the sense of "leading" or "primary." For example: The principal cause of the Great Plague was bacteria transmitted through the bite of an infected rat flea. "Principle", on the other hand, is only used as a noun and describes a moral or standard. An example sentence would be: The principle of free speech does not exist in many countries around the world. You can easily remember the difference of the two words by looking at the last three letters of each word: a "princi-P-A-L" (ending in PAL) can be seen as your "pal", but a "principle" (ending in PLE), or a standard, cannot be your pal. That's it for today. See you next time!

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This unit has allowed me to understand conditionals and reported speech in English. It has demonstrated the various types including how to recognise the zero, first second third and mixed conditionals. In addition, this unit has exampled the difference between reported and direct speech and how they are both used in different ways through the change of verb tensesThis unit focuses on pronunciation and phonology. I learned how important intonation and stress are within sentences. The unit explains the differences between the types of intonation: fall/rise, rise/fall, and flat. It also explains how the stress of a word varies based on the number of syllables. I also learned more about the phonemic alphabet, and articulation.