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After a few weeks’ 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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The answer is C, this is an idiom question - discriminate between is the correct usage. Btw, please underline the relevant portion of the question while posting.
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After a few weeks’ 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

C is correctly using the construction discriminate between X and Y.
Also the construction "discriminate between X's" is correct.
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+1 C

You are comparing between original & fake hence 2 quantities, thus idiom " between.... and " is correct
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Thanks for the reply guys. I realized soon that its an idiomatic question.

In the future I will make sure I show the underlined portion of the sentence.

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After a few weeks’ 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

Please explain the correct answer.

Thanks.
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Between is used to compare only two things or objects and we should also remember that the conjunction 'and ' must come after between to make grammatically correct on other hand Among is used to compare more than two things or objects

Here, in the given question we are comparing the genuine and imitated diamonds so only two objects so, we should use between so the only option showing between is c so which is our right answer.
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but I also see discriminate A from B in Oxford~there should be a difference between "discriminate between" and "discriminate from" then?
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