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    "recognise someone by something" and "take someone in from something"

    Face to face: Mother's life with facial blindness - Yahoo!7
    When Tara Fall picks her daughters up from school, she recognises them not by the faces she sees every day, but only by the outfits she saw them in last.
    I take people in from the clothes they are wearing, their lipstick, jewellery, any other characteristics away from their actual face, Fall said.


    - recognise someone by something
    - take someone in from something
    Do these mean the same thing?

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    Re: "recognise someone by something" and "take someone in from something"

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    Face to face: Mother's life with facial blindness - Yahoo!7
    When Tara Fall picks her daughters up from school, she recognises them not by the faces she sees every day, but only by the outfits she saw them in last.
    I take people in from the clothes they are wearing, their lipstick, jewellery, any other characteristics away from their actual face, Fall said.


    - recognise someone by something
    - take someone in from something
    Do these mean the same thing?
    In the context of the very interesting article that you've linked us to, they mean the same thing. The first phrase (to recognize someone by their clothing) would be readily understood by a native speaker. The second (to take someone in...) is not very natural in this context.

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