Private and Personal '私人' 和 '个人'

 2012年 1月 27日, 星期五 - 格林尼治标准时间09:56

A question from Sunnie in Guangzhou.

"Can you tell me the difference between 'personal' and 'private'? Is it correct to say 'a personal matter'?"

Sunnie, Guangzhou

In this week's Question and Answer of the Week, we consider the difference between the words 'personal' and 'private'.

Have a look at these sentences and see if you can work it out. Listen to the programme to check whether you are right.

I have to leave work early today. It's a personal matter.

She's terrified of the paparazzi so she hired her own private bodyguard.

You can borrow this book if you like; it's my own personal copy.

If you have a question about the English language, please email us.

如果大家有英语学习上的问题请随时给我们来信。我们的邮箱是 questions.chinaelt@bbc.co.uk.

BBC © 2014 非本网站内容BBC概不负责

如欲取得最佳浏览效果,请使用最新的、使用串联样式表(CSS)的浏览器。虽然你可以使用目前的浏览器浏览网站,但是,你不能获得最佳视觉享受。请考虑使用最新版本的浏览器软件或在可能情况下让你的浏览器可以使用串联样式表。