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    difference in meaning?

    Is there a difference in meaning in these two expresions:
    can't tell a difference between sth and sth
    not to distinguish between sth and sth

    I want to write that someone doesn't know the difference in use of 2 things.Which one should I use?

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    albertino is offline Senior Member
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    Re: difference in meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Is there a difference in meaning in these two expresions:
    can't tell a(the) difference between sth and sth
    not to distinguish between sth and sth

    I want to write that someone doesn't know the difference in use of 2 things.Which one should I use?
    (Not a teacher)
    Hi, welcome to the forum.
    In my opinion, both are acceptable. Apart from these, there are some others expressing the same idea:
    "can't tell something apart, distinguish A from B, differentiate between A and B, draw/make a distinction between A and B, and discriminate A from B." Hope that helps.

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    Re: difference in meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post
    (Not a teacher)
    Hi, welcome to the forum.
    In my opinion, both are acceptable. Apart from these, there are some others expressing the same idea:
    "can't tell something apart, distinguish A from B, differentiate between A and B, draw/make a distinction between A and B, and discriminate A from B." Hope that helps.

    Thank you Albertino. You have given a fine explanation.

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