Question: What is the difference between principle and principal?
We use the word principle when we talk about a fundamental, or basic truth. It generally refers to natural laws; the way things operate.
- The more we understand the principles (n) of language learning, the better we learn a language.
- The more we live by the principles (n) of health, the healthier we become.
- Students learn about the principles (n) of gravity in school.
- He is a man of principles (Someone who is generally morally correct).
We use the word principal when we talk about something or someone first in importance.
- The person in authority at a school is referred to as the principal (n).
- The most important resources of a country are referred to as the principal (adj) resources.
The word principal (n) is also used to refer to money we owe to a bank and pay interest on.
- If we pay extra money every month on our loan, it goes toward the principal.