Wednesday, November 25, 2009
personal - an adjective meaning something is particular to an individual or private.
Ex: No personal emails are allowed on corporate computers at work.
personnel - a noun for the number of employees working at place of work (factory, office, department store, etc) and a once popular name for what is called ´human resources´ today - the division of a company that hires, fires, and trains employees.
Ex: The latest email from personnel reminds everyone personal emails are not tolerated on corporate computers.
2. Executive vs Execute
executive - adjective or noun referring to the top brass in a company (vice president, president, CEO and the like)
Ex: One day the boss´s secretary wants to network her way into the executive inner circle of the company.
execute - a verb that means among many things - to carry out fully or to put to death legally. Thus, if not careful one could execute the executives with a mistake!
3. For vs. Since
For - denotes a duration of time
Ex. I have played tennis for three years.
Since - denotes a duration of time from a certain reference point
Ex. I have played tennis since 2006.
4. What are the plurals of data, information and training?
Plurals - data(*), information, and training - these are treated like a collective noun and no s is needed!
* Datum is the singular for data. However, data is often used with a singular verb - Ex. The data is being downloaded from the server right now.
5. discreet vs discrete
Discreet - adjective - being prudent or showing good judgment, especially in speech, modest or unnoticeable
Ex. I didn't want anyone to see what I was doing to avoid arousing suspicion so I had to be discreet entering the locked door at the back of the building.
Discrete - adjective - individually distinct or of distinct or unconnected elements
Ex. Even though she trusted her boyfriend, they kept their money in two discrete accounts.
Bonus: e.g vs i.e
e.g. stands for exempli gratia = for example.
Ex. : "I like fast cars, e.g. Ferrari and Porche"
In the sentence above you are simply giving an example of the kinds of cars you like - Ferraris and Porches.
i.e. stands for id est = that is (in explanation).
Ex. I like fast cars, i.e. any car that can go over 130mph.
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