Writing for Business

Mar 30 2009   4:00PM GMT

Which is correct — principle or principal?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

typing Which is correct?
The _________ change in IPv6 is the increase of address space.
a. principle
b. principal

Answer: b
In this sentence, principal is an adjective meaning most important and modifying the noun change. The word principle is always a noun meaning a rule or standard. (Teachers often use the phrase “The principal is your pal” to make this distinction stick.)

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