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What is the correct idiom? Distinguish X from Y or Distinguish between X & Y.

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What is the correct idiom? Distinguish X from Y or Distinguish between X & Y.


Both are correct.

"distinguish X from Y" generally used for comparing same types/things ( drugs to drugs, paints to paints, )
Distinguish addictive drugs from non-addictive drugs
Distinguish old paints from new paints

Distinguish between X and Y ( X and Y are from different types)

Distinguish between Cat and Dog (Distinguish Cat from Dog == sounds akward isn't it?)
Distinghish between solids and liquids.
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New post 30 Sep 2008, 07:52
Thanks for such a nice explaination. +1 for you.

Also inform whether 'discriminate X from Y' is correct or 'discriminate between X & Y' is correct?

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