Phrasal Verbs

tell apart

This page is about the phrasal verb tell apart


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


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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