Aisle, I’ll, and Isle: Commonly Confused Words

The words aisle, I’ll, and isle are homophones: they sound similar but have different meanings. Learn how to discern which one to use.

Definitions of Aisle, I’ll, and Isle

The noun aisle refers to a passageway or to a part of a church divided from the nave.

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

The noun isle refers to an island or a peninsula, especially a small one.


  • “Then, in measured step, teetering a little on very high heels, the bridesmaids began to walk down the aisle.” (Rona Jaffe)
  • “In the mountains I’ll give you a sign. I’ll show you my power. I’ll show you what happens to those who would set themselves against me. Wait. Watch.”
    (Stephen King, The Stand, 1978)
  • Elsa descended the stone stairs, climbed into her boat, and rowed back to the isle.

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