Misused Words

Personal and Personnel

Personal, an adjective, means belonging to a person.

An employer should not delve into his employee’s personal life.

Personnel, a noun, means a department of a business dealing with employees.

When he was hired, he was told to report to the personnel department for instructions.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) The teenager did not like his parents going through his (personal, personnel) things in his bedroom.

(2) The applicant had to report to the (personal, personnel) department for an interview.

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