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    Question The principle of the business has an office in New York

    Hi,

    I found the following definition of "principal" from Longman dictionary:

    3. BUSINESS[countable] American English the main person in a business or organization, who can make important business decisions and is legally responsible for them

    The principal of the business has an office in New York.
    According to the definition, we know the "principal" is a person in the above example sentence.

    Can I just simply say "The principal has an office in New York"?

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    Last edited by fenglish; 05-Jun-2017 at 07:54. Reason: Correct the typo: "principle" -> "principal"

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    Re: The principle of the business has an office in New York

    If you have copied correctly, then there is a mistake in the dictionary. The word is principal.


    You can omit 'of the business' only if it is clear from context that you are talking about the main person in a business rather than, for example, the headteacher of a school.

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    Re: The principle of the business has an office in New York

    I wouldn't use principal for a business. Businesses have CEOs, chairs, presidents, etc, but schools and colleges have principals. Few businesses have principles.

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