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    Default Between or Among?

    Hello,

    Shouldn't we use among instead of between in the sentence below?

    I was just proud I could distinguish between the symbols for Toyota, Ford, and Chevy.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Default Re: Between or Among?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hello,


    Shouldn't we use among instead of between in the sentence below?

    I was just proud I could distinguish between the symbols for Toyota, Ford, and Chevy.

    Thanks for your help.
    Yes. But most often you will hear "between" for three or more entities.

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    Default Re: Between or Among?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hello,



    Shouldn't we use among instead of between in the sentence below?

    I was just proud I could distinguish between the symbols for Toyota, Ford, and Chevy.

    Thanks for your help.
    No, I think "distinguish among" would be relatively uncommon.
    I think you can only distinguish between two things at once, so distinguishing between multiple items means a list of serial distinctions or discriminations.

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    Default Re: Between or Among?

    'Distinguish among' is becoming increasingly archaic, as are expressions such as 'relations among...'. Whether dealing with two or more items, as far as relational (as opposed to physical/locational) matters are concerned, 'between' is the preposition preferred by most contemporary users.
    Last edited by philo2009; 20-Jan-2012 at 04:59.

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    Default Re: Between or Among?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    I was just proud I could distinguish between the symbols for Toyota, Ford, and Chevy.

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    (1) Mr. Michael Swan in his Practical English Usage has some good clear advice for

    us learners:

    "We say that ... something is between two or more clearly separate ... things.
    We use among when ... something is in a group ... which we do not see separately."

    His examples:

    Our house is between the woods, the river and the village.

    His house is hidden among the trees.

    (2) So I agree with the other posters that probably the "correct" sentence is:

    I was so proud that I could distinguish BETWEEN the symbols for Toyota, Ford,

    and Chevy.

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