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A recent research paper, submitted by a team of noted psychologists and neurologists, on kleptomania suggests that it is a mental disorder and appeals that the law should distinguish “theft addicts”, who intentionally steal for monetary gains, from kleptomaniacs, who are often unaware of their actions

A. “theft addicts”, who intentionally steal for monetary gains, from kleptomaniacs, who are often unaware of their actions
B. “theft addicts”, intentionally stealing for monetary gains, from kleptomaniacs, who are often unaware of their actions
C. between “theft addicts”, who intentionally steal for monetary gains, and kleptomaniacs, who are unaware of their actions
D. between “theft addicts”, who intentionally steal for monetary gains, from kleptomaniacs, who are often unaware of their actions
E. “theft addicts”, who intentionally steal for monetary gains, and kleptomaniacs, who are often unaware of their actions

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Can someone elaborate why A is preferred over C ?
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Answer is A.

Both "Distinguish X from Y" and "Distinguish between X and Y" are correct.
The word "often" is missing in option C, so, option C has a slightly different meaning.

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A recent research paper, submitted by a team of noted psychologists and neurologists, on kleptomania suggests that it is a mental disorder and appeals that the law should distinguish “theft addicts”, who intentionally steal for monetary gains, from kleptomaniacs, who are often unaware of their actions .

A. “theft addicts”, who intentionally steal for monetary gains, from kleptomaniacs, who are often unaware of their actions --> correct: "distinguish A from B' os the correct idiom
B. “theft addicts”, intentionally stealing for monetary gains, from kleptomaniacs, who are often unaware of their actions --> (1) comma+ ing doesn't modify the touched noun, & (2) not parallel like "noun, who .. , from noun, who.." as in A
C. between “theft addicts”, who intentionally steal for monetary gains, and kleptomaniacs, who are unaware of their actions --> no "from"
D. between “theft addicts”, who intentionally steal for monetary gains, from kleptomaniacs, who are often unaware of their actions --> "between ... and" missing
E. “theft addicts”, who intentionally steal for monetary gains, and kleptomaniacs, who are often unaware of their actions --> no "from"
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If the kleptomaniac is only often unaware but if he is aware sometimes then it may not be prudent to grant him amnesty by law. Perhaps C is better since it misses the word'often'
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A recent research paper, submitted by a team of noted psychologists and neurologists, on kleptomania suggests that it is a mental disorder and appeals that the law should distinguish “theft addicts”, who intentionally steal for monetary gains, from kleptomaniacs, who are often unaware of their actions

A. “theft addicts”, who intentionally steal for monetary gains, from kleptomaniacs, who are often unaware of their actions
B. “theft addicts”, intentionally stealing for monetary gains, from kleptomaniacs, who are often unaware of their actions
C. between “theft addicts”, who intentionally steal for monetary gains, and kleptomaniacs, who are unaware of their actions
D. between “theft addicts”, who intentionally steal for monetary gains, from kleptomaniacs, who are often unaware of their actions
E. “theft addicts”, who intentionally steal for monetary gains, and kleptomaniacs, who are often unaware of their actions

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Though distinguish X from Y is oftenly used but this is wrong and the correct idiomatic usage is - distinguish + between + X + and + Y
Hence, C is the only qualifying option as per grammatical rules.
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If the kleptomaniac is only often unaware and if he is aware sometimes then it may not be prudent to grant him amnesty by law. Perhaps C is better since it misses the word'often'


So, would you agree that Distinguish A from B is not idiomatic?
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I wouldn't think so. You distinguish between X, Y, when you consider X, and Y in their entireties, arrive at the sum of their several similarities and dissimilarities but not just one particular trait.
On the other hand, if you consider only one or two characters from among the several others of X and Y, then you are distinguishing one from the other

In the given case, we are not considering a general outlook of habitual thieves from unintending people. This is one specific attribute, and hence I vote 'distinguish … from.'
My previous writing was not focused on idiomatic appropriateness but legal vulnerability.
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Awesome! Thank you for the detailed explanation! :-)
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Can you confirm whether "Distinguish X from Y" is correct idiom or not.
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I came to option A by framing the sentence as

you distinguish A from B
Hence C,D,E got eliminated.
Between A and B , B used continuous tense which did not fit . Hence I chose A
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Please explain why option C is not being preferred as the correct answer choice here.
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C misses the word 'often' from the original, which is a crucial error in addition to the 'distinguish... between' nuance
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