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Difference Between Among and Between

Difference Between Among and Between

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Among vs. Between

‘Among’ and ‘between’ are two frequently confused prepositions in the English language. They seem to be quite similar – they are both used to compare or relate two or more things. However, the rules of grammar make it less simple than it sounds. One cannot go about interchanging between and among as part of a sentence. They are not the same, especially in the number of nouns being compared as well as the context.

The general rule would be to use ‘between’ when the comparison or relation involves only two choices. Conversely, ‘among’ is appropriate when there are three or more choices being compared. For example, it is grammatically correct to say, “The judges had to choose between the red and the green teams” and “The judges carefully deliberated who would be the winner among the five competing teams.”

Here’s the trick, though – although ‘between’ is generally used to relate two things, it can also apply when there are more than two distinct things involved. By distinct, we mean that which is not part of a collection or group. As for collective choices of three or more, the use of ‘among’ should be maintained. For instance, we can say, “Between ballet, modern jazz, and hip hop, the first one suits you best” but not “Between the three kinds of dance, ballet suits you best.” In the first example, “between” is used because it carries individual and distinct choices. Since the second example involves three collective, indistinct choices, it should instead read: “Among the three kinds of dance, ballet suits you best.’ Another correct example would be: “The differences between Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, and Judaism are considerable” or “The differences among the four oldest religions are significant.”

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‘Between’ can also be used to bridge one-to-one relationships. These can be between two individual items or multiple groups of people. For example, “The fight between best friends Stan and Jules went on for weeks,” “The interactions between the freshmen, the sophomores, and the seniors are now much more civil than before” or “This matter should remain between the two of us.”

‘Among’ can also pertain to a group as a whole; for instance, “Candy was given out among the children” or “Delighted cheers swelled up from among the audience,” Furthermore, it can also indicate a notable part of a group – “Jane was a jewel among stones,” “The prince chose a life among the poor.”

The appropriate use of ‘between’ and ‘among’ can also imply what kind of location or scenario is being talked about. Case in point, tell the difference between “walking between the trees” and “walking among the trees.” The former could denote a pathway literally in between two parallel streaks of trees, while the latter gives the reader the notion that it is within a forest. Another set of examples would be: “clash between the crowds” and “clash among the crowds.” The first phrase clearly indicates a clash between two or more groups of people, i.e. Crowd A fighting Crowd B. As for the second, it could be multiple instances of conflicts happening among members of a single crowd.

Summary:

  1. ‘Among’ and ‘between’ are prepositions in the English language used to compare or relate two or more things.
  2. Generally, ‘between’ applies to two choices, while ‘among’ is the appropriate term to connect three or more choices.
  3. ‘Between’ can also be used to compare or relate more than two things, provided that they are individually distinct.
  4. ‘Among’ pertains to a group as a whole or a notable part of a group.
  5. The proper use of ‘between’ and ‘among’ can draw a more lucid description of a scenario or location.

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2 Comments

  1. can you try to explain it in a Mathematical formula.
    i.e between and among.

  2. Uhmm? A rather disappointing explanation. Best of luck though.

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