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# The ancient Chinese Taoists distinguished between intercours

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13 Oct 2012, 01:42
Can someone help me explain two sentences:
- The ancient Chinese Taoists distinguished between intercourse and orgasm.
- The ancient Chinese Taoists distinguished intercourse from orgasm.
I found that distinguish st from st and distinguish between st and st. So what is correct one ?

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13 Oct 2012, 15:24
Hi.. Though a newbie to post, I'd give my opinion to this

In the above lines, the context is the same.. But only for the above statement.

We differentiate 'between' where 2 subjects are treated as

We differentiate x from y when Y is considered as major and X is minor..

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13 Oct 2012, 18:37
lvtrung205 wrote:
Can someone help me explain two sentences:
- The ancient Chinese Taoists distinguished between intercourse and orgasm.
- The ancient Chinese Taoists distinguished intercourse from orgasm.
I found that distinguish st from st and distinguish between st and st. So what is correct one ?

The correct idiomatic usage is distinguished between x and y
the second sentence is idiomatically wrong
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19 Jan 2013, 04:06
lvtrung205 wrote:
Can someone help me explain two sentences:
- The ancient Chinese Taoists distinguished between intercourse and orgasm.
- The ancient Chinese Taoists distinguished intercourse from orgasm.
I found that distinguish st from st and distinguish between st and st. So what is correct one ?

As per GMAT, both Idioms are correct with minute difference.
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29 Jul 2013, 10:52
Adding to the debate, why is the 2nd option wrong?

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27 Jul 2014, 06:21
BUMP! Can someone help on this one?

What I know is that both "Distinguish X from Y" and "Distinguish between X and Y" are both acceptable idioms.

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10 Aug 2014, 00:05

well, I think the correct usage is " Distinguished between x and y ".

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10 Aug 2014, 03:45
Tibin wrote:

well, I think the correct usage is " Distinguished between x and y ".

Move the post (quite old) in general section

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10 Aug 2014, 03:59
Carcass, I learned something new on this topic today -

Distinguish between X and Y is used when a set of two similar things are compared.
and
Distinguish X from Y is used when one thing is shown to be different from a group.

is this correct?

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10 Aug 2014, 10:44
LTN99 wrote:
Carcass, I learned something new on this topic today -

Distinguish between X and Y is used when a set of two similar things are compared.
and
Distinguish X from Y is used when one thing is shown to be different from a group.

is this correct?

In a more general way what you say is correct BUT here the key issue is another.

According with question 107 OG 11 and 6 OG 12 the we do know that the first one is correct and not the second one.

Both are acceptable idioms. One or two gmatprep questions use the second one, as far as I know.

So in this light of this, please do not eliminate an answer choice based on the idiom - Distinguish x from y.

When you are stuck in the middle go for meaning of the sentence. It is the corner stone

Hope this helps
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10 Aug 2014, 23:18
Thanks Carcass! this helps a lot.

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