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Isle, Aisle, or I'll?

The Quick Answer
What is the difference between aisle, isle, and i'll?

An aisle is a passageway (typically in a church).

An isle refers to a small island or peninsula.

I'll is the contracted form of I will or I shall.

Aisle, Isle, or I'll?

The words aisle, isle, and i'll all sound identical, but their meanings are very different.


The noun aisle is a part of a church divided laterally from the nave by a row of pillars or columns. It is also a passageway (usually between rows of seats).

  • I just avoid the Doritos aisle at the grocery store.
  • For my first wedding, I cried all the way down the aisle.


The noun isle is an island or peninsula, especially a small one. Examples:
  • He's going to boarding school in the Isle of Wight.
  • I recited 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree' at a verse speaking competition when I was eight or nine.


I'll is a contraction of I will or I shall.

  • I'll lend you one of my night gowns and find some clothes for you to wear in the morning.
  • One day I'll know, how far I'll go.
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