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UK [ˈjuːsf(ə)l] / US [ˈjusf(ə)l] adjective
Get it right: useful:
Although the adjective full ends with a double "l", adjectives like useful have only one "l":
Wrong: Find a more usefull spare time activity than driving around in a car.
Right: Find a more useful spare time activity than driving around in a car. Other adjectives ending in -ful are also written with only one "l", for example:
careful, faithful, harmful, helpful, meaningful, painful, powerful, skilful, successful
Note however that adverbs formed from these adjectives are written with double "l", for example:
carefully, faithfully, helpfully, usefully etc
1) helpful for doing or achieving something

Here's some useful information about travel in Canada.

a useful tool/technique/gadget

Her book is a useful contribution to our understanding of how Mozart worked.

useful to:

I was useful to them because I could speak French.

useful for:

That basket would be useful for picnics.

useful for doing something:

Old pictures are useful for seeing how people used to dress.

useful (for someone) to do something:

Thanks. It's useful to know that.

Would it be useful for you to ask us some questions?

prove useful:

Keep a record of everything that might prove useful.

2) British informal good, or skilful

a useful player

the end of someone's/something's useful life — the state of being old or damaged and no longer useful

The heating system has come to the end of its useful life.


English dictionary. 2014.

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