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personal, personnel

Personal means “individual; private.”

  • Chuck took out a personal loan to pay for the renovations to his house.
  • Eileen wasn’t comfortable giving out such personal information as her income.

Personnel means “staff; employees.”

  • The personnel at 24 Sussex were told that their services would be retained despite the election results.