Embody means to represent (a quality) in bodily or material form
Personify means to be the perfect example of a person who has (a quality)
My tutor said she felt they can be used interchangeably in the following six sentences.
- These children personify/embody all that is wrong with the education system.
- Carter personifies/embodies the values of self-reliance and hard work.
- He is a leader who embodies/personifies courage.
- She embodies/personifies the principles.
- That politician embodies/personifies the hopes of black youth.
- As John Adams embodies/personifies the old style, Andrew Jackson embodies/personifies the new.
But she said it’s her personal bias that it’s weird to use “personify” in the 7th sentence, but couldn’t explain why.
7. She embodies/personifies everything I admire in a teacher.
Is this true and why?