Apart vs. A Part: What’s the Difference?

It can be difficult to remember the difference between “apart” and “a part.” They are awfully close in their appearance, and when you say the words verbally, they are almost indistinguishable. But despite similar sounds, the two have very different meanings, making it that much more important to keep them straight.

What is the Difference Between Apart and A Part?

In this post I will clear up any confusion you may have about apart vs. a part and give you a few ways to remember the differences.

When to Use Apart

apart or a part grammar rules“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

difference between apart versus a part grammar“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.

“Part” does not always appear with the article “a,” however. The article “a” can be dropped when “part” is not followed by an adjective. For example, we can rewrite the two examples from above as follows,

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

Be there an adjective before “part,” the article “a” is necessary. For example,

  • May I have small part of your sandwich? (WRONG)
  • May I have a small part of your sandwich? (CORRECT)
  • Once we’re registered part of this group, we all must pay dues. (WRONG)
  • Once we’re a registered part of this group, we all must pay dues. (CORRECT)

Quiz and Sentence Examples

  1. I need to become ______ of a book club.
  2. It’s been three years since we split ______.
  3. Make sure to keep your feet spread ______.
  4. He was asked to be ______ of their inner circle.
  5. ______ from the windy, it’s quite nice outside.

Display the answers below.

Remember the Difference

A good way to remember the difference between “apart” and “a part” is to remember the prepositions with which they are often paired.

“Apart” is often paired with the preposition “from.”

  • Keep those two apart from each other.

“A part” is often paired with the preposition “of.”

  • I am a part of this community.

Another easy usage test is to take away the article “a” and see if the sentence still makes sense. If you can remove “a” from the sentence and not change the meaning, you probably want to use “part.” If it doesn’t make sense once you remove the “a,” you probably want to use “apart.” For example,

  • I am part of this community. (CORRECT)

This sentence still makes sense once we remove the “a,” so we want to use “part.”

  • The rocks fell 30 feet part. (WRONG)

Here the sentence doesn’t make sense once we remove the “a,” so we want to use “apart.”

Finally, a reader recently tweeted me a cute mnemonic to remember the difference. It goes,

  • A part of me can’t bear to be apart from you.

Any of these tricks can help you remember the grammar of a part vs. apart.


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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  2. Apart
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  5. Apart

as seen on http://writingexplained.org/apart-vs-a-part-difference



If something runs in a loop, or is on a loop, it runs continuously, so that the same things are repeated again and again: how boring would it be if life was on a loop. Breaking the barriers and moving out of the loop is what bring excitement in life.

Rumi said –

‘It’s your road and yours alone!
Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you!’

We walk our own life path – trudging uphill or gliding through the meandering meadows, at times negotiating through the marshlands and at others crawling through the tumult.

The journey – irrespective of the trail – always adds up to the experience called ‘LIFE’.

Despite, the numerous moments when we want to jump off the rocking boat sailing through the stormy sea, nothing compares to the exhilaration of reaching the destination thereafter.

The ride obviously gets better with wonderful co-passengers through the journey.

Yet, the ride gets enriched with getting to meet the wrong ones too.

We keep some close to heart while others leave their footprint in the sands of time.

Life gets worth its while, with the regular dosage of ups and downs

I would not want to change a bit of my journey!

Would want to face the rest of the journey with equal gusto.

The phrase, ‘Stagnation is death!!’ – stands tall.

via Daily Prompt: Loop


What is total ? The final amount you get when several smaller amounts are added together.

Whatever you look at, if you add up you get a total. The total either brings you happiness or not. There is no in-between there.

The total is not always correct. It depends on where and how you look at it. Little drops of water make a mighty ocean. These little drops are what count. In life it is the same. Little things are the ones that matter most.

It doesn’t matter if your husband or boyfriend does not buy you a mere for your birthday, but what matters is if he holds the door open for you everytime you get into his car.

It doesn’t matter if your mother does not visit you as often as you’d like, but what matters is that she cooks and is always waiting for you when you walk into her house.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t talk to your friend for 3 months, but what matters is that you can pick up from where you last left when you meet her for a cup of tea.

It doesn’t matter if you have a designer wardrobe, but what matters is that you feel comfortable, happy and good in what you wear everyday.

The total of these little things make up everyday life and this what matters most.









Volume is the perception of loudness that you can hear.

How many times have you waited for someone to reply to the message you wrote, but never received it?

How many times have you dressed up for someone, waiting to hear from them that you’re beautiful?

How many times have you waited for someone’s call, so that they make you feel happy?

How many times have you waited for someone to appreciate the work you’re doing, so it’s easier for you to continue doing it?

With the reply that never came, the compliment you didn’t hear, the phone call that wasn’t intended, and the appreciation that was held back – you and I, we lost our self-worth.

Since kindergarten, we began to associate our self-worth with the golden stars our teachers gave us. By middle school, this turned into how popular people thought we were and by college, we were living on the compliments we received, and the number of people who praised us.

And till today, we think that our worth is determined by the way others perceive us. Thus, we want our boss to happy with our work, we want our partners to constantly praise us, we want to be noticed, and we want to be appreciated.

Slowly, and gradually, this will harm us. Seeking approval and validation from others will change into a permanent, life-long struggle if we don’t start believing in ourselves.

Stand in front of the mirror and look at yourself – carefully. Speak to your reflection. Loud and clear. Turn up the Volume as much as you want.

Tell your reflection you are beautiful, you are strong. Tell your reflection that you appreciate yourself, that you love yourself. Tell your reflection that you want to make yourself happy. Tell your reflection that you’ll be there for yourself.

Because, sooner or later, we will realize that there is no one who will always be there for us, there is no one who can constantly praise us, appreciate us, and keep us happy. That is our job.

And that job begins by believing that we can help ourselves. It begins from today. Right now.

What is the Volume of the voice in your head that is telling you to believe in yourself and make a start NOW to be there for yourself before you expect anyone else to help you and be there for you ?




Uniform. Remaining the same in all cases and at all times; unchanging in form or character is what came to my mind when I saw this word now.

How utterly boring will life be if we were to remain the same in all situations. To respond the same to every situation. To remain uniform. This is unimaginable for me.Its giving me shivers even thinking about it.

It would be like an assembly in School where every word and every move is pre-determined and you are expected to follow the rule, like on auto-pilot, without even thinking about it. That for me was the most boring part of school and I still haven’t figured out why one had to start the day at school like that.

Responding and reacting to situations that everyday presents is what make life, life. If everyone’s response and reactions are uniform, then there is nothing that is exciting and it becomes very predictive. What makes life an adventure is the fact that you don’t know what to except, you don’t know how the people around you are going to respond, you are expected to go with the flow and respond to every situation differently. React where needed. Our reactions make memories which stay with us and the people around us for a long time and sometimes for ever.

Be as un-predictive as possible and enjoy the surprises that life throws at you.






Crisp is being firm, dry, and brittle.

Crisps is what the British call potato chips.

Crisp is a piece of toast that has crossed the fence of being well done and is beginning to get burnt.

Crisp is the sound and taste when you bite into a juicy apple.

Crisp is the cotton saree that has been freshly stratched and ironed.

Crisp is the dosa that is paper-thin.

Crisp are the fries that are well done and deep-fried in lots of oil.

Crisp needs to be bhelpuri, eat it fresh before it gets soggy.

Crisp are the words of my trainer when he pushes me to do crunches – no icing, no mixing of words, firm, dry and clear without any sympathy. How much do I love it and hate it at the same time ?