A part and apart are often confused, especially by non-native speakers of English. Apart is mostly used as an adverb, denoting a separation between two or more things. A part (two words) means “a fraction of a whole,” or in theatre, “an actor’s role.” Apart from is a frequently used preposition.
When to Use “Apart”
Use apart adverbially to show how two things are separated physically, figuratively, or in time. Carefully avoid using a part when this is your intended meaning.
It can also be used to mean “to render in parts or pieces.”
I sewed the hem too short on this dress, so I’m going to take it apart .
Apart from can be used as a preposition meaning “besides” or “except for.”
Apart can also be used as an adjective in the sense of separate or isolated.
When to Use “A Part”
A part is two words: a is an article and part is a noun synonymous with piece. A part is frequently seen in the company of the preposition of.
May I have a part of your steak?
After a year or so, Mary began to feel like a part of her community.
Keep in mind that the article a might not be essential to your sentence. These three sentences, for example, are identical in meaning to the three above, and are equally correct.
May I have part of your steak?
After a year or so, Mary began to feel like part of her community.
Of course, part can also refer to a piece of something in the sense of component.
Last, a part can refer to an actor’s role in a play, musical, or film.
Tips to Remember “A Part” and “Apart”
Apart has to do with being or rendering separate.
A part is something that is a piece of something else that is considered whole or together.