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After a few weeksâ€™ experience, apprentice jewelers can usually begin to discriminate, though not with absolute certainty, genuine diamonds from imitation diamonds.
(A) genuine diamonds from imitation diamonds
(B) genuine diamonds apart from imitations
(C) between genuine diamonds and imitation diamonds
(D) among genuine diamonds and imitation diamonds
(E) whether diamonds are imitation or genuine
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06 Nov 2005, 19:04
Between A and C, I choose C.

However A is not too bad in everyday usage.
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06 Nov 2005, 20:08
My guess is C.
Here we are trying to compare between 2 types of things, so we have to choose "between". Hence C
(d) is out as its using among which should be used if more than 2 are compared.
e)its not classifying the 2 different types of diamonds
b)its out because, cant make out if "imitations" is also a form of diamond
a) Dont know why this is wrong.
Can anyone tell why is A wrong
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06 Nov 2005, 20:46
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My guess is C.
Here we are trying to compare between 2 types of things, so we have to choose "between". Hence C
(d) is out as its using among which should be used if more than 2 are compared.
e)its not classifying the 2 different types of diamonds
b)its out because, cant make out if "imitations" is also a form of diamond
a) Dont know why this is wrong.
Can anyone tell why is A wrong

This is what I heard, and let me know if I'm wrong.

1) discriminate X from Y
= X and Y fall into one category

2) discriminate between X and Y
= X and Y fall into two different categories

Thus, I vote for (C).
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07 Nov 2005, 00:48
OA is C but I was unable to explain why A was wrong...actually I wanted to pick A
it seems Gamjatang has a begining of explanantion
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07 Nov 2005, 04:45
got C.
As gmatjatang said, if x and y falls under same catagoty... then discriminate X from Y.

if X and Y are different, it will be discriminate between X and Y.

obviously imitaions and dimonds don't fall under the same catagory.... os C will be out choice.
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17 May 2008, 09:25
nakib77 wrote:
got C.
As gmatjatang said, if x and y falls under same catagoty... then discriminate X from Y.

if X and Y are different, it will be discriminate between X and Y.

obviously imitaions and dimonds don't fall under the same catagory.... os C will be out choice.

I think it has nothing to do with "same" or "different" categories, but rather with idiomatic expression: "distinguish between X and Y".

Can you think of an example of "same category"?
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After a few weeksâ€™ experience, apprentice jewelers can usually begin to discriminate, though not with absolute certainty, genuine diamonds from imitation diamonds.
(A) genuine diamonds from imitation diamonds
(B) genuine diamonds apart from imitations
(C) between genuine diamonds and imitation diamonds
(D) among genuine diamonds and imitation diamonds
(E) whether diamonds are imitation or genuine

First - Get rid of "though not with absolute certainty," middle phrase to make it easier.
Then - You are left with
A. ...apprentice jewelers can usually begin to discriminate genuine diamonds from imitation diamonds.
C. ...apprentice jewelers can usually begin to discriminate between genuine diamonds and imitation diamonds

To me - C sounds more idiomatic. A does not.

Hope this helps.
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