Spelling the word endings le, al, el

homophones - learn to spell similar sounding words Homophones from this section:

If you confuse these words the computer spellchecker will not spot your mistake - so it is especially important to learn them.


medal - badge given as a reward

meddle - interfere
Sara won the silver medal.

Please don't meddle with my things.

symbol - sign

cymbal - brass disc, a musical instrument
This symbol means 'add' : +

Bang two cymbals together.
Learning tip to help your spelling A symbol is a sign.
A clash of cymbals.

duel - fight between two

dual - shared between two
The swordsmen fought a duel.

The instructor's car has dual controls.
Learning tip to help your spelling Fight a duel with steel swords.
Drive a car with dual controls.
(The prefix du means 'two'.)

idle - lazy, not working

idol - object of worship
He's too idle to help with the housework.

The temple contains a golden idol.

mussel - shellfish

muscle - body tissue
I like mussels served in garlic sauce.

My muscles ached after the race.
Learning tip to help your spelling You get cramp in your muscles

pedal - e.g. on a bike

peddle - sell, not in a shop
Press the accelerator pedal gently.

It is illegal to peddle drugs.

bridle - to control a horse

bridal - to do with a bride
Put the bridle over the horse's head.

The bridal gown was made of silk.

council - governing group

counsel - advice
The council won't allow any more houses here.

I was given counselling after the accident.
(US: counseling)

marshal -
1. senior officer
2. person who controls races or organises people.
3. (verb) to arrange in order


martial - to do with warfare

1. The Field Marshal led the parade.
2. The track marshal stopped the cars.

3. He marshalled his troops.
(US: marshaled)

Karate is a martial art.

gamble - bet, wager

gambol - leap about, frolic
He has gambled away a fortune.

The lambs gambol in the fields.

cereal - grain, breakfast food

serial - story told in parts
I eat cereal every morning.

The next part of the serial is on TV tonight.

principle - rule, moral

principal -
1. head of college
2. most important
Telling lies is against my principles.


1. The principal awarded the prizes.
2. That is the principal reason for my trip.

This completes the work on endings le al and el.

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Unit 26: Spelling the endings -le -al -el

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