Misused Words

Principal and Principle

Principal can be used both as a noun and as an adjective.

As a noun it means the head of a school.

As an adjective it means main.

The principal of the school addressed the student body on the public address system. (noun)
The principal reason I took the job was the health benefits. (adjective)

Principle, a noun, means (1) honesty and (2) a rule by which something works.

The mayor of our town is a man of principle.
The principle of the lever is studied by every student.
Practice

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

(1) Our nation was founded on the (principal, principle) of democratic government.

(2) The (principal, principle) reason the family visited Disney World was to see Donald Duck.

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