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My elder brother has a new suit.
My elder brother has a new dress.

Only girls and women wear dresses; anyone can wear suits (a jacket with trousers or a skirt). Clothes is a general word: John (or Mary) is wearing new clothes.

We say a man in full evening dress, or morning dress for traditional, formal clothes.

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I hurt a toe of my right foot.
I hurt a finger of my right foot.

Fingers are on the hand, and toes are on the foot.

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I have a poem to learn by heart.
I have a poetry to learn by heart.

Poetry is the form of literature dealing with poems. A poem is one piece of poetry.

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She told me an interesting history.
She told me an interesting story.
We study the story of the Romans.
We study the history of the Romans.

A story is an account of events which may or may not be true. History is a systematic record of past events

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All the streets were full of people.
All the streets were full of men.

Use people and not men when the reference is to human beings in general.

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