tell the difference

idiom

: to see how two or more people or things are unlike each other
It's hard to tell the difference between one action movie and another.
The new version is supposed to be much better than the old one, but I can't tell the difference (between them).

Examples of tell the difference in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The current possibilities do have limits, though — your ability to tell the difference between intuition and wishful thinking will be vital to making the most of this opportunity. Tarot.com, Baltimore Sun, 3 May 2024 Today there are many more ways to fabricate a song, and fewer ways to tell the difference between us and the robots. C. Brandon Ogbunu, WIRED, 6 May 2024 Read on to learn how to tell the difference between a canker sore and a cold sore. Amanda Gardner, Health, 13 Apr. 2024 Machine learning models need to analyze real and fake audio samples from each language to tell the difference between them. Huo Jingnan, NPR, 5 Apr. 2024 In 2001, the US dropped food packets over Afghanistan accompanied by leaflets explaining how civilians could tell the difference between airdrops and cluster bombs. Niamh Kennedy, CNN, 9 Mar. 2024 That said, people often ask us how to tell the difference between the mood swings of puberty and those of depression or other mental health struggles. Vanessa Kroll Bennett, Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2024 Here's how to tell the difference: Urine has a yellowish color and smells like ammonia, while amniotic fluid is usually odorless, says Brichter. Nicole Harris, Parents, 14 Mar. 2024 In hour two, the film’s political vision goes from amoral to nihilistic since the Millennial audience groomed by Nolan’s Batman movies can’t tell the difference. Armond White, National Review, 13 Mar. 2024

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“Tell the difference.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tell%20the%20difference. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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