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    apart as an adjective

    Hi there,

    When taken as a single word. the word "apart" has basically two meanings, i.e. "separately(adv), except(adv), separated(adv)". Let me give you examples of those meanings.

    I usually sit with girls a bit apart.(separately)
    Apart from the ticket you cannot enter the theater.(except)

    But I am unable to use it when it comes to an adjective. I have tried though. "I had left my home since my childhood. I am apart so I always feel like calling my Mom" Is it correct?

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    Re: apart as an adjective

    None of your sentences are very good.

    As for an adjective, try "When we are apart, I miss my wife."

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    Re: apart as an adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    None of your sentences are very good.

    As for an adjective, try "When we are apart, I miss my wife."

    When it comes to an adjective, "apart" is specifically used for husband and wife, isn't it?

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    Re: apart as an adjective

    No.

    When my dogs are apart they are less well-behaved than when they are together.

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    Re: apart as an adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    When it comes to an adjective, "apart" is specifically used for husband and wife, isn't it?
    No.

    'Don't sit with your legs apart.'

    Besides, cohabiting couples are not always married — nor even the same sex.

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    Re: apart as an adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    Hi there,

    When taken as a single word. the word "apart" has basically two meanings, i.e. "separately(adv), except(adv), separated(adv)". Let me give you examples of those meanings.

    I usually sit with girls a bit apart.(separately)
    I usually sit away from the girls.
    I usually sit separately from the girls.
    The girls and I usually sit some distance apart.


    Apart from the ticket you cannot enter the theater.(except)
    Without a ticket, you cannot enter the theatre. (Note that "except" does not work here either.)

    But I am unable to use it when it comes to an adjective. I have tried though. "I had left my home since my childhood. I am apart so I always feel like calling my Mom" Is it correct?
    Please see my comments in red above about the two sentences you suggested. Here are some other uses:

    Those two trees are three feet apart.
    Stand with your feet together, not apart.
    When my grandparents are apart, even briefly, they are both very sad.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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