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I need your help in pronounciation of the both words as they have different meaning
Principal (adjective or noun) conveys the meaning of "primary" or "chief" - like [as adjective] the principal aim of a series of tasks,or [as noun] the principal of a school. It is also used as the chief part of a loan (i.e., not the interest), as in apply the extra $50 in this month's mortgage payment toward the principal.
Principle (noun [only!]) is a rule, law or general truth. The principles of mathematics
These words are sources of confusion for even well-versed minds. Some phrases that can help you remember the difference are:
Some writers focus on the distinction that principles can be used in the plural, but principal usually only in the singular form. This strategy, when used as a quick rule, often leads to errors. The plural "principals" is appropriate when writing about several individuals who each have a primary role, whose position of primacy does not conflict with another's similar position.
- The principal alphabetic principle places A before E.
- The school princiPAL is my PAL.
"The theater company honored the principals." (i.e., their lead actors)
"The school principals gathered for a meeting, but the superintendent did not come."