personal vs personnel : Common Errors in English


  • n  a short newspaper article about a particular person or group
  • a  concerning or affecting a particular person or his or her private life and personality
    a personal favor
    for your personal use
    personal papers
    I have something personal to tell you
    a personal God
    he has his personal bank account and she has hers
  • s  particular to a given individual
  • a  of or arising from personality
    personal magnetism
  • s  intimately concerning a person's body or physical being
    personal hygiene
  • a  indicating grammatical person
    personal verb endings

  • n  group of people willing to obey orders
  • n  the department responsible for hiring and training and placing employees and for setting policies for personnel management
News & Articles

  • Personnel changes occupy Dover school board
    The Dover Board of Education handled several personnel matters during its meeting Monday. The board accepted the resignations of Matt Fockler as assistant principal at Dover Middle School and Jason Board as an eighth-grade science teacher at the middle school.
    June 13, 2013 - The Times-Reporter
  • Debra Wada, Democratic Staffer, Military Personnel
    Debra Wada, who previously served as deputy staff director when Democrats held the majority, specializes in military-personnel issues, an area that can spur strong emotions.
    June 13, 2013 - National Journal via Yahoo! News
  • Deems confirms personnel changes at BPD
    Beckley Police Chief Tim Deems has confirmed several personnel changes recently made at the department, including a newly appointed chief of detectives.
    June 12, 2013 - The Register-Herald