discern between (someone or something) and (someone or something)

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discern between (someone or something) and (someone or something)

To recognize the differences between people or things. I have a hard time discerning between Jim and Greg, but they are identical twins after all. You can discern between hydrangea and phlox by looking at their leaves.
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discern between someone or something and someone or something

to detect the difference between people and things. I cannot discern between the dark trees and the dark sky behind them. I cannot discern between the person and the background.
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A flock regarded as unable or unworthy of discerning between good and bad fishes despite a lifetime's worth of religious teaching is a telltale sign of a failed messiah or, worse, a false one.