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Here’s a grammar faux pas that can be easy to miss.  Although it’s probably considered more of a spelling error, these two words are called homophones — a grammatical term — because they sound the same but are spelled differently: principle and principal.  The definition of principle (a noun), according to Google, is 1) a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning or 2) A rule or belief governing one’s personal behavior.  A sample sentence includes: Each presidential candidate is running for office on a set of principles that defines their character.  Also according to Google, as an adjective, the word principal means first in order of importance; main.  As a noun it is the person with the highest authority or most important position in an organization.  Used in a sentence, The principal of the private school was a positive role model for each of the students.

Which set of homophones do you sometimes confuse?

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