Aisle and isle are two commonly confused words in the English language. When do you use each one?
It is easy to get the two words mixed up. They have the same pronunciation and the only difference in their spelling is one letter. However, this one letter is very important. It can be the difference between going on a tropical vacation and going to the grocery store!
Let's look at some examples below so you can understand the differences between aisle and isle.
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Aisle is a noun that means a walkway between two objects. Aisles are often found between shelves and rows of seats.
Isle is also a noun, but it means an area of land that is surrounded by water. In other words, it is an island. Note that the S in "isle" is silent (you do not pronounce it).
Even though aisle and isle look similar and sound exactly the same, they are very different words. If you are confused about which one to use, just look at the first three letters of the word.
When you are talking about an island, use isle. The first three letters of "island" and "isle" are exactly the same, so you know isle is the word you want.If you are talking about anything other than an island, you want to use aisle.
John tried to get a seat on the aisle for the plane ride to the isle, but instead he got a seat by the window. Flying over water makes him feel sick so, when he has to do it, he always sits by the aisle, where he can easily stand up and walk around.
John's daughter is getting married tomorrow on an isle in the Mediterranean Sea. John doesn't know why she decided to walk down the aisle on a remote isle.
The plane is so high now that the continent outside his window looks like an isle. She should have had her wedding in the mountains or a desert, far away from any isles, so he could avoid flying over water.
He opens up his backpack and eats some of the snacks he bought yesterday, when he walked up and down every aisle of the grocery store. Then, he closes his eyes and sighs, wishing his seat was closer to the aisle so he doesn't have to see all the isles below him. He tries to fall asleep as he tells himself that it is worth it to travel to any isle to walk his daughter down the most important aisle!
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