‘Faculty’ and ‘faculties’

‘Faculty’ is the word used to refer to the entire teaching staff.

Examples: The faculty agreed to work on a Sunday.* Our faculty will be on strike all of next week.

The word `faculties’ is used to refer to the power of the mind or body. In other words, you are talking about an individual’s physical and mental abilities.

Examples:  The man is nearly 95 years old. You can’t possibly expect him to be in possession of all of his faculties. * The man was drunk. He definitely wasn’t in control of his faculties.

Source: S. Upendran, The Hindu ‘Know Your English’ Series, March 6, 2006

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