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Use of “Distinguish” on GMAT


Through this short video, understand the two correct usages of the term "distinguish". The concept is particularly useful for GMAT sentence correction questions.


Use of “Distinguish” on GMAT

Use of "Distinguish" on GMAT


While attempting GMAT sentence correction questions, there are certain words that you must pay especially close attention to. The correct idiomatic use of such words is fairly restrictive and can affect the structure of the sentence heavily. These words are often used to set up highly complex questions that require a keen eye and a firm understanding of these words and phrases to navigate. In this brief article, we will cover the use of the word "distinguish".

Correct Uses of "Distinguish"


When you come across the word "distinguish" in a GMAT sentence correction question, you must keep in mind that there are only two correct uses of the word:

  1. Distinguish between A and B
  2. Distinguish A from B
Any other use of "distinguish" is incorrect, and any GMAT answer choice utilizing it should be disqualified immediately. Let us illustrate through the following examples:

Example 1 - Teacher asked the student to distinguish between a delta and a valley.

Example 2 - Teacher asked the student to distinguish a delta from a valley.

Both of these sentences are perfectly correct and display how the word "distinguish" should be used in a sentence. By keeping this information in mind, you will be able to tackle your sentence correction section more efficiently, by immediately discarding obviously incorrect answer choices.

This article has deliberately been kept brief; for a more elaborate explanation, please refer to Experts' Global's Stage One Sentence Correction videos.

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