Isle and island?

What's the difference between isle and island?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    You have to apply the term that is customarily applied. For example, the Isle of Man, the island of Ireland, the Isle of Wight, the Isle of Dogs, the Isle of Sheppey and either the Shetland Isles or the Shetland Islands. In the latter case you can choose your term. There is no difference between isle and island; they are both pieces of land surrounded by water. Tthe Isle of Dogs is not technically an island but a peninsular. You might think that isles are smaller but then why the name the British Isles and why is Lundy an island? There is another word for small islands - islet. Rockall is an island but also a good candidate for being an islet.

  • Bex
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    they're pretty much the same thing. an isle is a small island.

  • 1 decade ago

    isle is basically the abbreviation of island.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    there is no difference.

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