English grammar

Module 15, Troublesome Words 2, Lesson 12:

Council vs. Counsel

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A "Council" is an assembly or group that meets for deliberation. It can only be used as a noun. Example: A council of teachers considered his case.

"Counsel" is a noun that means advice or deliberating together. Example: He accepted the counsel of his mother. Note that "counsel" can also be used as a verb, as in "I am counseling my friend," while "council" can only be used as a noun.

Practice What You've Learned

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Directions:
Click to select the correct word usage in the following sentences.
1.
The student (council) (counsel) will meet Friday.
2.
I will accept the counselor's (council) (counsel) about higher education.
3.
I hope you will heed the (council) (counsel) of your lawyer.
4.
(Council) (Counsel) is the advice given as a result of consultation.
5.
Are you going to (council) (counsel) him about his decision?
6.
A jury might be considered a legal (council) (counsel).
7.
Was Mary elected to the city (council) (counsel)?
8.
Would you please (council) (counsel) me about schools?
9.
The United Nations has many different (councils) (counsels).
10.
The Native American tribe deliberated around the (council) (counsel) fire.
11.
The decision of the (council) (counsel) is final.
12.
If I were giving you legal advice, I would be giving you legal (council) (counsel).
13.
The (council) (counsel) of elders meets each month.
14.
Have you received (council) (counsel) about this matter?
15.
The club (council) (counsel) held its monthly meeting.
16.
The pair would not listen to my (council) (counsel).
17.
If you are not going to listen to (council) (counsel), why go to the counselor?
18.
You may be a member of this (council) (counsel).
19.
(Council) (Counsel) is the mutual exchange of advice and opinion.
20.
A (council) (counsel) is an assembly of persons convened for deliberation.
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