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Confusing words

Commonly confused, principal and principle need close examination during editing.

Principle

Principle

A standard, law or rule.

  • The white paper’s environmental principles were deemed insubstantial.
  • The moral principle overrides the legal implications.

Principal

The head of an organisation or school, or the main person or factor.

  • The principal of the law firm decided to partner with two associates.
  • Misbehaving students no longer report to the school principal.
  • The principal actor did not take to the stage until the final scene.

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