Among and Between

1. Between two. Something lies between two objects, people, groups.

  • I was standing between my mother and father.
  • I was between a rock and a hard place (idiom)

IF 2. Among or between more than two. Use between when referring to clearly separate objects or people. Use among when referring to a group or mass of things or people.

  • My bike is between the wheelbarrow, the ladder and the brush.
  • I see something between the trees.
  • Your book is somewhere among all these.
  • They talked among themselves while they waited.

Among precedes singular, uncountable nouns.

  • She couldn’t find her suitcase among the luggage.

3. Difference, sharing and dividing. We use between after difference.

  • There is a small but significant difference between U.S. and U.K. English

We divide or share things between or among people, places or things.

  • We share the writing of this blog between several editors.
  • She divided the cake between 8 people.

4. ‘one of’, ‘some of’, ‘included in’.

  • The minister was among the delegation.
  • He was one among many protestors.

 

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