"I'd like to know what she's like in her personal/private life."
Is there a difference between "personal" and "private" in this particular example?
Private life could be talking about aspects of her life that very few or no one else knows about. A person's private life would include thoughts, habits, and activities that almost no one else knows about.
Personal life could be something that many more people would be aware of. This is not so restrictive, I think. A person's personal life might include more public aspects of their life: where they live, where they go out to eat, hobbies, what general or professional organizations they are active in, etc.
For example, an employer doing an interview might ask some questions about a candidates 'personal life'.
Do you have any hobbies?
Are you active in any community organizations?
How do you like to spend your free time?
These are elements of a person's 'personal life'.
But, for most all employers, they would never ask (legally) about a person's 'private life'. (In the US, there are restrictions about what kind of questions employers can ask about a person's private life.)
Employers couldn't (legally) ask questions about the candidate that relate to:
- Sexual matters
- Sexual orientation
- Political activities
- Religious beliefs
I welcome comments.
I have a question that's unrelated to my initial question but pertains to what you wrote.
"(In the US, there are restrictions about what kind of questions employers can ask about a person's private life.)
Employers couldn't (legally) ask questions ...."
Would it be correct to replace "can" with "may" and "couldn't" with "wouldn't be allowed to"? It seems you're talking about permission here, but I may very well be wrong.
Thanks once again!