Dual and duel are examples of homophones, meaning that they are said the same way, but have different definitions. There are lots of homophones in English and it can be hard to keep them all in order when you are learning, but it is very important that you don't mix these two up.
One of them means that there are two of something, while the other means a fight! So you definitely wouldn't want to use one when you mean to use the other.Once you learn the definitions, you should have no problem getting it right.
Let's take a look at some examples in order to help you understand each word better.
As an adjective, dual means that there are two of something, and usually two parts of the same thing.
Dual can also mean two things that belong to the same thing or person. A person who is a citizen of two different countries, for example, has dual citizenship.
As a noun, a duel is a fight or competition, usually that two people agree to have, for the purpose of settling an argument. In the past, people in a duel would use weapons to kill each other.
but in modern times, it is not as serious and can be used in a more casual way. Two people arguing over the last piece of cake could agree to a duel, and play a friendly game of basketball to decide who gets it, for example.
When duel is a verb, it means "to fight" or to participate in a duel with someone else in order to settle an argument. Those same people arguing over the cake will duel each other to see who gets to eat it.
So now you know that dual mean two parts of something and duel means a fight, but how can you remember which is which?
Just remember that dual is spelled with an "a," like "a lot," because if something is dual, then it means that there is more than one, because dual means two, and not a fight, like duel.
As long as you remember that little trick, you should have no problem remembering when to use dual or duel!
Miles has dual jobs. During the day, he is an accountant. He works in a small office with dual floors, and he works on the top floor at a desk in the corner. After he is done at his first job, Miles changes his clothes in secret. He puts on a dual set of gloves and a cape and mask, and he becomes a superhero.
Miles runs around town and fights crime all night long. He lives a dual life, and no one knows about his second job. When Miles finds a criminal, he challenges them to a duel using their dual fists. The criminal and Miles sometimes duel for hours before Miles wins, but he always wins. He then takes the criminals to jail where some will serve dual life sentences for their crimes.
Miles likes being a superhero much more than being an accountant. Dueling the forces of evil every night makes him feel good about himself.
When Miles is not working, he likes to travel to England where he was born. Miles has dual citizenship because his dad is from England, but his mom is from the United States.
Answer the following 10 questions and then check your answers. Each question is worth 10 points.
Part 1: 1. C | 2. A | 3. B | 4. D
Part 2: 1. D | 2. B | 3. B | 4. C | 5. A | 6. D