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Edustation's blog > Principal vs Principle

Principal vs Principle

Added by Tomasz H. 1 July 2014 in category:

Principal and principle are often confused by English speakers. Today I'll explain you what is the difference.



As an adjective means 'most important'

The principal reason (= the most important reason) for the failure to take action was poor communication between government departments.

As a noun means 'the head of a school or organization'

The college principal made a speech congratulating all the students.

Our company’s principals meet once a month.


Is a noun and it means 'a rule or theory which explains how something is or works'

Can you teach me the principles of quantum physics?

A 'moral rule or guideline'

Honesty is one of the founding principles of our company.

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