Misused Words

Consul, Council and Counsel

Consul is a government official.

In his role as consul for the government, he was able to travel extensively.

Council is a group of people, usually elected for a specific purpose, such as a town council or a student council.

The members of the student council were not able to agree on the increase in student fees.

Counsel is advice.

The principal offered counsel to the troubled student.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the three practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) If you are having financial difficulties, you should seek (consul, council, counsel) from a financial advisor.

(2) As a member of the diplomatic corps, the (consul, council, counsel) had immunity in foreign countries.

(3) The town (consul, council, counsel ) decided it was time to increase the tax rate.

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