I often pick out which words to write about by looking for errors in print. In the past week, "principle" and "principal" seem to be jumping out at me as if saying "Write about us!"
That's because they're jumping out from the wrong places. That's why I want to share a quick, easy rule for using the two of them properly:
A principle is a rule. The word "principle" has the letters "le" in it -- just like "rule" does.
Something "principal" is something at the top or first, such as the principal of a school. To remember first, just remember that "principal" is the one with the "a" in it.
See? Serious, but quick and easy.
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