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    distinction

    Dear teachers,
    I found the word "distinction" difficult to use.
    In my dictionaries I found the following:
    to make/ draw a distinctin between A and B.

    to make distinctions between all the meanings of a word.

    My question is:
    When we say " to make a distinction" generally speaking we have to use "between A and B".
    If we use the plural form "distinctions" it should be followed by A in plural form.

    Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: distinction

    You could make distinctions between A and B, without using the plural. It's not the number of object but the number of differences that is plural here. I can think of many differences between a horse and a dog.

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    Re: distinction


    Dear tdol,
    Thank you so much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang


    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    You could make distinctions between A and B, without using the plural. It's not the number of object but the number of differences that is plural here. I can think of many differences between a horse and a dog.

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