1. tell apart

  2. say apart

  3. speak apart

please tell me about differences between these words. And also what do they mean? Are they expressions?

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  • Have you tried to Google the expressions? – Kris Mar 25 '14 at 11:13
  • Yes I tried. And I didn't find in dic – user57550 Mar 25 '14 at 11:14
  • tell apart – Matt E. Эллен Mar 25 '14 at 11:17
  • tell apart 1. distinguish or separate one from another. "the twins were so identical that it was impossible to tell them apart." The other two are not idiomatic phrases. – Kris Mar 25 '14 at 11:19
  • OK. I saw it. What do other two mean? – user57550 Mar 25 '14 at 11:21

to tell apart or to tell the difference between things means to distinguish and is an expression.

"say apart" and "speak apart" do not work.

"to tell", "to say" and "to speak", without the additional "apart" are indeed similar, though not necessarily interchangeable. Apart from the difference in how they take objects and which prepositions are used when needed (tell someone something / say something to someone / speak to someone about something) there are small differences in meaning which are better understood by finding and reading examples (see this for resources from where you can find examples - i.e. dictionaries)