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    Differences in height were found to discriminate

    Differences in height were found to discriminate well among male athletes of different events at the Olympic games in Montreal, although the average height of all athletes did not differ from that of a control group of students [...].
    (The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance; K. Anders Ericsson, Ralf Th. Krampe, and Clemens Tesch-Romer)

    What another word can be substituted for 'discriminate' here?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Differences in height were found to discriminate

    NOT A TEACHER

    "Differentiate" could be used instead of "discriminate".

    From the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English:

    di‧scrim‧i‧nate AC / ˈskrɪməneɪt, dɪˈskrɪmɪneɪt / verb

    1 [ intransitive ] to treat a person or group differently from another in an unfair way discriminate against Under federal law, it is illegal to discriminate against minorities and women.

    discriminate on the grounds/basis of something It was found that the company still discriminated on the basis of race in promotions.


    2 [ intransitive and transitive ] to recognize a difference between things SYN differentiate discriminate between Newborn babies can discriminate between a manís and a womanís voice.

    discriminate something from something the process of learning to discriminate fact from opinion






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    Re: Differences in height were found to discriminate

    Hi, I'm a new contributor and a certified teacher.

    I'm sorry to disagree, but the words "differentiate" and "discriminate" are not used that way. People discriminate against people, and people differentiate between options , for example. Only thinking creatures differentiate or discriminate.

    I would say

    Differences in height were found to vary significantly among male athletes of different events at the Olympic games in Montreal, although the average height of all athletes did not differ from that of a control group of students [...].

    or

    Differences in height were found to differ greatly among male athletes of different events at the Olympic games in Montreal, although the average height of all athletes did not differ from that of a control group of students [...].


    Best wishes!

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    Re: Differences in height were found to discriminate

    I think the author meant that you could use height to differentiate between, say the runners and the basketball players (for an extreme example), but overall the entire population of "Olympic athletes" did not vary in average height from the population of a "control group" of students.

    I agree that the wording is odd. "Differences in height" do not discriminate or differentiate. People do.

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