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Edit This Grammar Lesson: Principal vs. Principle


Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. In today's blog, let's discuss the difference between Principal vs. Principle. Do you know when to use each one?


Most of you might be saying, "Why, yes, I do!" But for others, it's not that easy – even for a veteran writer and editor.

Principal and Principle are examples of homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings – and they trip more people up than you think. In today's post, I'll be going over each of them to clear up any confusion.

Principal has several meanings. We mostly use it to refer to the headmaster of a school, but it can also be used just as easily for anyone in charge of something. Principal can also mean the first, original, or highest ranking. It also refers to the amount of money owed on a loan.

* Our principal loves giving detentions.

* Mike is the principal owner.

* I want to pay the principal on my loan.

Principle is always used when writing about a fundamental truth, rule, or system of beliefs.


* Steve is a man of principle.

* These are the principles we live by.

* It's a matter of principle.


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It's fun to tease friends on Facebook for grammar mistakes or point out errors in other written copy. But any spelling or grammar error in business writing – brochures, website copy, blog posts, press releases, newsletters, etc. – wreak havoc on your company's image.

In fact, studies consistently show that when choosing between two companies, customers prefer the one with clear and error-free written communication.


We hope you enjoyed today's blog on Principal vs. Principle. If you're interested in having Edit This handle your company's content writing and editing needs, give us a call today! We can write copy from scratch or spruce up what you've already written. When it comes to grammar, everyone could use an extra set of eyes.

*STEVE GAMEL is the President & Owner of Edit This, a writing and editing services company located in Denton, TX. Steve handles anything involving the written word. Give him a call today to help give your business a clear voice.


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