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    persoonel vs staff

    Is there any difference between 'personnel' and 'staff'. They appear, to me, to have the same meaning.

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    #2

    Re: persoonel vs staff

    It depends on the ​CONTEXT.

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    #3

    Re: persoonel vs staff

    Peronnel would look very odd indeed in the 23rd Psalm
    Thy rod and thy personnel, they comfort me.

    Although... I don't know. Maybe a whole fleet of angels would be comforting. Or terrifying. And what is the collective noun for angels? Flock? Oh - host. Duh.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: persoonel vs staff

    Swarm

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    #5

    Re: persoonel vs staff

    NOT A TEACHER

    In context such as the one below, I don't see any difference between "staff" and "personnel". Nonetheless, I might be wrong on this one.

    The personnel of the hospital have been on strike for five days. = The hospital staff have been on strike for five days.

    However, there are lots of situations, where either one or the other are the only acceptable option, e.g. "All the military personnel of the base have been evacuated."

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    #6

    Re: persoonel vs staff

    personnel - Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    staff - Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

    If you go to the links above, you'll see the difference between personnel and staff in the "military" context.

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    #7

    Re: persoonel vs staff

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Swarm

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    Isn't it "flights of angels"?

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    #8

    Re: persoonel vs staff

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Isn't it "flights of angels"?
    Sorties?

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    #9

    Re: persoonel vs staff

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It depends on the ​CONTEXT.
    Thanks, Rover.

    Could you please give a few example sentences so that I have a clearer picture of the difference between the words?

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    Re: persoonel vs staff

    I think of staff as more restrictive than personnel; personnel is anyone on a team on a given day, whereas to be "on staff" you have to be permanent. For example, a US military mission in Iraq might count their personnel for an operation in a way which includes private contractors with former military experience. They would likely not be part of a unit's staff.

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