Heel, He'll, or Heal?

by Craig Shrives

The Difference between "He'll," "Heel,"and "Heal"

"He'll," "heel," and "heal" are easy to confuse because they sound identical (i.e., they are perfect homonyms). However, their meanings are very different.
  • "He'll" is a contraction of "he will." For example:
    • He'll arrive at 3pm.
  • "Heel" is the back part of a foot. "To heel" means to fit or renew the back part of a show or boot. For example:
    • I have blisters on my heels.
    • The cobbler will heel my black shoes.
  • "Heel" is a command to a dog to return to a spot behind its owner's foot. For example:
    • Bonzo, heel!
  • "To heal" means to make something sound or healthy again. For example:
    • The cut should heal in a few days.
heel or heal?

More about "He'll," "Heel," and "Heal"


"He'll" is a contraction of "he will."

Example sentences with "he'll":
  • What's special about Superman is that he'll always make the right choice.
  • He'll go down in history as one of our finest leaders.


The noun "heel" is the back part of a foot. It also describes the raised back part of a shoe. The verb "to heel" means to fix or renew the back part of a shoe or a boot. It is also an instruction given to animals (usually dogs) to follow closely behind their owner.

Example sentences with "heel":
  • I haven't found a heel that's been too high for me yet.
  • I'm teaching my dog how to heel.
  • (Here, "heel" is a verb.)


The verb "to heal" means to make healthy, whole, or sound.

Example sentences with "heal":
  • If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.
  • We shall heal our wounds, collect our dead, and continue fighting.

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