tell apart

Meaning: to tell the difference between two or more things that are very much alike

Synonym: distinguish between

For example:

  • tell sth/sb apart All the kittens look the same to me. How do you tell them apart?

  • tell sth/sb apart My twin sisters look so much alike that lots of people can't tell them apart.

Nouns often used as objects with tell apart: twins, puppies, kittens, babies, voices, wines, perfumes

Quick Quiz:

John and his father sound the same when they speak, so I can't tell them apart when they

a. walk into a room

b. send me emails

c. answer the phone

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Contributor: Matt Errey