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    distinguishing/peoples

    Hello!

    Wold you please tell me if I'm right with my interpretations?

    1. I think the verb distinguish is used incorrectly in the following sentence since we usually distinguish A from B and not merely sth.
    I suggest using the words understand or comprehend.

    2. I am not sure if the plural form of the word people is correct here.

    I am incapable of distinguishing the subtleties and delicate points of the literary works of all peoples and nations, both ancient or modern.

    Thanks in advance for your comments.

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    Re: distinguishing/peoples

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Hello!

    Wold you please tell me if I'm right with my interpretations?

    1. I think the verb distinguish is used incorrectly in the following sentence since we usually distinguish A from B and not merely sth.
    I suggest using the words understand or comprehend.

    2. I am not sure if the plural form of the word people is correct here.

    I am incapable of distinguishing the subtleties and delicate points of the literary works of all peoples and nations, both ancient or modern.

    Thanks in advance for your comments.
    Have a look at definition 2 here - "to perceive distinctly; discern". It doesn't have to mean noticing a difference between two things.

    - What is that thing on the horizon?
    - I don't know. I can't distinguish it. I'll have to get my binoculars.
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    Re: distinguishing/peoples

    And "peoples" is correct in this sentence as well.

    (And who exactly does have the capability of distinguishing the subtleties and delicate points of the literary works of all peoples and nations, both ancient or modern?)

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    Re: distinguishing/peoples

    So is it OK to use distinguish in the text above?

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    Re: distinguishing/peoples

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    So is it OK to use distinguish in the text above?
    I would say yes. The only thing I would change is "ancient or modern" to "ancient and modern" as it's preceded by the word "both".

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