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Among or between?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 2:48 am Reply with quote
Bridget
 
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Is the exception mentioned here true?

'Among or between?

"Between is used in connection with two persons or things: 'He divided the money between his two children.' Among is used for more than two: 'He divided the money among his three children.' EXCEPTIONS: If more than two are involved in a united situation, between is used: 'Between the four of us, we raised a thousand dollars.' If a comparison or an opposition is involved, between is used: 'There was great rivalry between the three colleges. It was difficult to choose between them.'" (Parle-Craig, Ruth, and Vincent Hooper. Barron's 1001 Pitfalls in English Grammar 70)'

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Re: Among or between?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 6:23 pm Reply with quote
MrPedantic
 
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Bridget wrote:

Is the exception mentioned here true?



Two exceptions are mentioned; both seem reasonable, and are mentioned in the OED.

MrP
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 4:49 am Reply with quote
Eileen Ann
 
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But "between" is specific to this context:

There are three objects. One red, one green and one blue.

The green one is placed between (or in between) the red and blue one.

Our house is between the other two on the road. There are three houses and our house is in between the other two.

In these examples "among" or "amongst" can never be used.

Among denotes more of a crowd and it is possible to say that:
"Amongst us, we managed to collect enough." where "Between" could be used interchangeably. But: "First amongst equals" cannot be replaced with "First between equals" as they mean distinctly different things.

"Amongst other things to discuss..".. means that there are a number of subjects to discuss and "between" could not be used. "In between the two other subjects to discuss, we need to look at this.." equally is specific and relates to the clear distinctions between the two words, because in this case the other subject has to go directly in-between the other two.
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