Edit This Grammar Lesson: Dual vs. Duel
Updated: Jul 18, 2019
It's time once again for an Edit This® grammar lesson. Today, we discuss the difference between Dual and Duel because, to be completely honest, these homophones trip me up from time to time. Do you know the difference?
First things first, you may be wondering what a homophone is. Simply put, these are words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings.
Read more of our grammar lessons about homophones here.
In the meantime, let's dive in.
When we use dual in a sentence, we are referring to that which consists of two parts or has a double purpose.
* Her car has a dual exhaust system.
* He has dual citizenship in the U.S. and France.
* John has dual roles as the director and lead actor.
A duel is a combat or conflict between two people. A duel doesn't have to be violent, either, as it also refers to arguing over an idea or point of view.
* I challenge you to a duel.
* Anakin and Luke had a lightsaber duel on Mustafar.
* He was verbally dueling with his classmates.
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