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Although many art patrons can readily differentiate a good debenture

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Although many art patrons can readily differentiate a good debenture from an undesirable one, they are much less expert in distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art and fakes.


(A) much less expert in distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art and

(B) far less expert in distinguishing good paintings from poor ones, authentic art from

(C) much less expert when it comes to distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art from

(D) far less expert in distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art and

(E) far less the expert when it comes to distinguishing between good painting, poor ones, authentic art, and

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Originally posted by TeHCM on 23 Dec 2005, 18:48.
Last edited by Bunuel on 22 Sep 2019, 09:02, edited 3 times in total.
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looks B to me

far less is better + distinguish one FROM another
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I would go with B too. It keeps the un-underlined (hope that is a word) and underlined portion parallel...distinguishing a from b ... x from y.
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'far less' is better than 'much less' & the idiom is 'distinguish X from Y'.

It is 'B'.
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Distinguish x from y is not correct => its unidomatic..
so why here option B is correct?
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sahilvijay The problem with memorizing lists of idioms is that many idioms are correct in one context and incorrect in another. In the problem you're referencing (https://gmatclub.com/forum/in-his-resea ... 39274.html), someone is trying to draw a clear distinction between two things. He isn't just trying to tell them apart--he is asserting that they are different in a specific way. For that purpose, "distinguish between X and Y" works best, although A fails for other reasons. (I'll agree with the posters who said that despite the OG explanation, that little distinction alone isn't going to make or break an answer.)

In the context of our art question here, "distinguish X from Y" works just fine. Replace "distinguish" with "tell" and you'll see that it is just saying that people can't tell one thing from another.
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Although many art patrons can readily differentiate a good debenture from an undesirable one, they are much less expert in distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art and fakes.


(A) much less expert in distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art and

(B) far less expert in distinguishing good paintings from poor ones, authentic art from

(C) much less expert when it comes to distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art from

(D) far less expert in distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art and

(E) far less the expert when it comes to distinguishing between good painting, poor ones, authentic art, and

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Idiom; Parallelism

The preferred idiomatic form is distinguishing X from Y, rather than distinguishing X and Y.

A. This version uses the incorrect idiomatic form distinguishing X and Y.

B. Correct. This version uses the preferred idiomatic form distinguishing X from Y.

C. This version uses the incorrect idiomatic form distinguishing X and Y. Furthermore, expert when it comes to is excessively wordy in comparison to expert in as seen in choices A, B, and D.

D. This version uses the incorrect idiomatic form distinguishing X and Y.

E. Although the form distinguishing between X and Y is an acceptable alternative to distinguishing X from Y, this version fails to capture that what art patrons have difficulty distinguishing between are good paintings and poor ones on the one hand, and authentic art and fakes on the other.

The correct answer is B.
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Hey DmitryFarber

As I understand there is a nuance here. Correct me if I am wrong.

Distinguish X from Y is always incorrect.
Distinguishing X from Y may be correct depending on the context.
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GMATNinja daagh egmat please help in this question. The answer does not look very satisfying.
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Although many art patrons can readily differentiate a good debenture from an undesirable one, they are much less expert in distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art and fakes.


The first point is that this a contrast question. Distinguishing here means differentiating, sifting or separating the chaff from the grain, or filtering the good from the bad.
Normally, the correct idiom for this function is 1.differentiate X from Y 2.distinguish X from Y, or 3. Discriminate between X and Y or distinguish between X and Y. However, 'distinguishing X and Y' will be wrong because there is now no contrast


(A) much less expert in distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art and -- This is wrong because it lacks the comparison or the contrast.

(B) far less expert in distinguishing good paintings from poor ones, authentic art from----- Good one.

(C) much less expert when it comes to distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art from-- 'distinguishing good paintings and the poor ones' is unidiomatic in the context.

(D) far less expert in distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art and ----- same problem as in A and C.

(E) far less the expert when it comes to distinguishing between good painting, poor ones, authentic art, and -- It looks like a list comprising four items, changing the original intent.
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TeHCM wrote:
Although many art patrons can readily differentiate a good debenture from an undesirable one, they are much less expert in distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art and fakes.


(A) much less expert in distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art and

(B) far less expert in distinguishing good paintings from poor ones, authentic art from

(C) much less expert when it comes to distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art from

(D) far less expert in distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art and

(E) far less the expert when it comes to distinguishing between good painting, poor ones, authentic art, and

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Correct answer: B

The idiom is "distinguishing x FROM y"

A: Incorrect idiom.
B: Correct: "distinguishing A FROM B, X FROM Y"
C: Idiom. Wordy.
D: Idiom
E: Noun "the expert" is not correctly modified by "far less." Idiom. Meaning distortion (distinguishing between A, B, C, and D).
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TeHCM wrote:
Although many art patrons can readily differentiate a good debenture from an undesirable one, they are much less expert in distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art and fakes.


(A) much less expert in distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art and

(B) far less expert in distinguishing good paintings from poor ones, authentic art from

(C) much less expert when it comes to distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art from

(D) far less expert in distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art and

(E) far less the expert when it comes to distinguishing between good painting, poor ones, authentic art, and

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Main Issue:


Idioms: Correct: "Distinguish X from Y" Wrong: "Distinguish X and Y"

(A) much less expert in distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art and - Wrong: Idiom

(B) far less expert in distinguishing good paintings from poor ones, authentic art from - Correct

(C) much less expert when it comes to distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art from - Wrong: Idiom 2) Parallelism

(D) far less expert in distinguishing good paintings and poor ones, authentic art and - Wrong: Idiom

(E) far less the expert when it comes to distinguishing between good painting, poor ones, authentic art, and - Wrong: 1) Meaning 2) Idiom: "between"
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