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Edit This Grammar Lesson: Council vs. Counsel

Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. In today's blog post, we will discuss council vs. counsel. Do you know the difference between them?

Most people reading this might respond with a resounding "YES!" But council and counsel are examples of homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. And they trip more people up than you might think.

Let's dive right in, shall we?

Council is commonly used to describe an advisory or legislative body of people.

* The council will make that decision tomorrow.

* I was elected to the town council three years ago.

* We should disband the council immediately.

Counsel (with sel at the end) means to provide formal advice or instruction. It can also be used as a noun to refer to a lawyer.

* Steve can provide expert counsel on matters like this.

* Your lawyer can counsel you moving forward.

* I don't need legal counsel for this particular issue.

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