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English Grammar  

BETWEEN  vs  AMONG

What is the difference and when do we use them?


Between is used when separating two or more distinct entities: people, items, times, actions, events, etc.
The most common verbs followed by 'between' are: choose, differentiate, distinguish, divide.

Among is used to refer to someone or something within or surrounded by undifferentiated people or things.
It indicates that someone or something is part of a larger group.
'Among' is followed by a plural noun (among friends) or a plural noun phrase (among those who attended).

Here are some examples:

BETWEEN
AMONG
  • Carla sat between Alex and Hugo.
  • The museum is open between 9 am and 7 pm.
  • Where was he between 7 and 9 pm?
  • The church was built between 1850 and1900.
  • Latvia is between Estonia and Lithuania.
  • It fell between the sofa and the wall.
  • Joe parked the car between two lorries.
  • A river runs between the two states.
  • The line between the columns was red.
  • A fight started between the two men.
  • A bus runs between terminals 1 and 2.
  • There is rivalry between Eva and Amy.
  • An agreement was reached between Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
  • Vicky had a choice between Harvard, Brown, and Yale.
  • I see no difference between A and B.
  • It's difficult to choose between the two options.
  • The ball rolled between the desk and the wall.
  • A cyclist was caught between the car and the lorry.
  • The hotel is between the mountains and the sea.
  • A train runs between Oxford and London.
  • You’ll be safe here among friends.
  • A spy was among those listening.
  • The dog ran among all the children.
  • There are babies among the refugees.
  • Panic spread among the hostages.
  • Sam felt a stranger among the guests.
  • Honesty is among her good qualities.
  • There were ducks among the geese.
  • My ring fell among the flowers.
  • Pedro was among the supporters.
  • The hut was built among the trees.
  • There was tension among the actors.
  • The virus spread among the residents.
  • Eva found a CD among the books.
  • I chose one among those proposed.
  • Alice was among those selected.
  • The author lives among artists and writers.
  • They strolled among the crowds in Red Square.
  • Hugo was among those selected for the team.
  • No survivors were found among the passengers.
  • Are there different nationalities among the students?
  • The explorer lived among the natives for two years.

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