Apart versus A part

What is the Difference Between Apart and A Part?


When to Use Apart

“Apart” is an adverb meaning (of two or more people or things) separated by some distance; at a specified distance from each other in time or space. For example,

  • The rocks fell 30 feet apart.
  • The family was split 100 miles apart.

    “Apart” can also function as a preposition when paired with “from.” “Apart from” means with the exception of, besides. For example,

  • Apart from this cookie, I haven’t eaten anything all day.
  • The whole room was silent, apart from Becky.

    “Apart” can also function as a phrasal verb when it is preceded by certain verbs. For example,

  • Pull apart
  • Drift apart
  • Come apart

    When to Use A Part

    “A part,” which is actually two words, has a different meaning. “A” is an article, and “part” is a noun meaning a piece or segment of something. For example,

  • May I have a part of your sandwich?
  • Once we’re a part of this group, we all must pay dues.


    Summary

    Is it apart or a part? Apart is an adverb, meaning, “separated” or “separately.”

    Usually paired with “from.”

    A part is a noun, meaning, “a piece of segment of something.”

    Usually paired with “of.”

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