I'm pretty sure you've heard 'apart' before. Do you wanna know all there is about it? Well then, come with me.

How to Use "Apart" in English

'Apart' is mainly an adverb and an adjective. In this lesson, we will discuss how to learn and use it.

Functions of 'Apart'

'Apart' as an Adverb

As stated above, 'apart' functions as an adverb. Below, we are going to analyze the different kinds of adverbs it can be:


'Apart' as an Adverb of Place

We can use 'apart' as an adverb of place to indicate that two things/people are far from one another and they are not close anymore. Look at the following examples for more clarification:

The two sisters are now living apart and it is a problem to both of them.

My house and my parents' are 5 kilometers apart.

'Apart' as an Adverb of Time

We can also use 'apart' as adverb of time to indicate that some events are far away from us and they will not be happening soon. Examine the following examples carefully:

My birthday and our friendship anniversary are only one week apart.

Didn't you say the meetings were only one day apart?

'Apart' as an Adverb of Manner

Interestingly, 'apart' can also be used as an adverb of manner and have several meanings. Below, we are going to learn all about its different meanings:

  • When we want to indicate separation between two things, or people, we use 'apart':

Over the course of time, people will slowly drift apart.

I thought you said you and him were living apart now.

  • When something breaks into tiny pieces, we use 'apart' to indicate it:

I never thought my heart would break apart when she left me.

The kid fell apart when her mother left her at such a young age.

  • When we want to exclude someone/something from a list, we use 'apart':

England apart, not many countries accept international students easily.

Halsey's songs apart, I cannot really connect to the new era of pop music.

Position in a Sentence

Since 'apart' is an adverb here, it mainly comes after adjectives, verbs, and other adverbs to modify them. We can use it at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of the sentence. Look at the following examples:

Willy apart, the whole class perform well on all tasks.

Here, we have the adverb at the beginning of the sentence.

The whole community, the Salmons apart, oppose the suggested idea.

Here, the adverb is in the middle.

The two families are living apart.

Here, we have the adverb at the end of the sentence.


Note that when the adverbial is at the beginning of the sentence, we must have a comma after it. Also, when the adverbial is in the middle, it must be put between two commas.

'Apart' as an Adjective

As stated above, 'apart' can also function as an adjective. Below, we are going to learn all about the different kinds of adjectives it can be:


'Apart' as a Predicative Adjective

When we are using 'apart' as a predicative adjective it only comes after linking verbs like be, seem, etc. and modifies a noun or a pronoun. It is used to indicate separation from a beloved one:

I hate is when we are apart.

Ever since the children have decided to migrate, they have been apart.

Position in a Sentence

As mentioned above, 'apart' is a predicative adjective so it only comes after linking verbs and modifies nouns and pronouns. Below, we have provided some examples for you:

The two friends seem apart from one another.

Unfortunately, W have been apart from our daughter for ten year now.

Idioms and Expressions with 'Apart'

We have several idioms with 'apart' about which we are going to learn all about:

  • Rip someone/something apart: When we want to destroy someone or something completely, either physically or emotionally, we use this one:

I could feel how she she desired to rip me apart.

The worst thing you could do right now is show her how she is able to get into your head and rip you apart.

  • Joking apart: When you want to indicate that you are going to state some serious matter after having joked around, you use this one:

Joking apart, I really have no idea how we can get ourselves out of this situation.

Joking apart, I really like what she's suggesting, you know.

  • Be poles apart: When we want to show that we are so far away from someone, and also when we share no interests with each other, we use this one:

In Art and literature, I remember being poles apart from my boyfriend.

How could you have tolerated him for so long when you were both poles apart in all aspects?


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