You're old enough to distinguish between fact and fantasy.
I have trouble distinguishing between the two of them.
I have trouble distinguishing the difference between the two of them.
You should be able to distinguish fact from fantasy.
The only thing that distinguishes the dogs is their bark.
The singer's voice is what distinguishes the band.
You can't distinguish the detail from this distance. See More
Recent Examples on the WebFor each decade, extract the essential silhouette and then distinguish the characters with collars, colors, lapels, fabrics and the occasional really great sweater.—Valli Herman, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 Arbitrary rules, doxing practices, and cancel culture have led to something hard to distinguish from censorship for the sober and well-meaning.—Jaron Lanier, WIRED, 13 Feb. 2024 Cross-Disciplinary, Strategic Leadership Beyond deep AI fluency, CAIOs distinguish themselves through versatile, cross-disciplinary thinking.—Mark Minevich, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 This behavior distinguishes city coyotes from their ranch or wild cousins.—David Montesino, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 14 Feb. 2024 Photo Gallery Israel-Hamas war, week 19 The ministry, which does not distinguish between combatants and civilians, provided the breakdown at the request of the AP.—Compiled Bydemocrat-Gazette Stafffrom Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 13 Feb. 2024 The relatively new practice of premiering ads before the game also blunted the sense of discovery, which helped distinguish the truly fresh drops.—Brian Lowry, CNN, 11 Feb. 2024 Locals distinguish their town from mining cities in the region, where pressure to earn as much as possible and buy the latest car or snowmobile is stronger.—Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Feb. 2024 That development came in response to a state law legalizing hemp, with State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle saying there was no way for officers to visually distinguish between hemp and marijuana.—Aaron Leibowitz, Miami Herald, 1 Feb. 2024 See More
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alteration of Middle English distinguen, from Anglo-French distinguer, from Latin distinguere, literally, to separate by pricking, from dis- + -stinguere (akin to Latin instigare to urge on) — more at stick