Word Usage: Principal and Principle


Dear Grammarly Community,


I'm not sure if many of you get tripped up by principal and principle, but I always do. Mostly because they're pronounced the same, obviously.


I looked it up on the dictionary:


Principal: first or highest in rank, importance, value, etc.; chief; foremost.

Principle: an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct


So am I right to say that for all sentences that is position-related, I'd use principal, and all others like a person's values etc. I'd use principle? 

Thanks in advance!




words grammar asked Aug 20 '13 at 17:44 Taylor Ryan New member

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