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.
'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 05:59.
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(1) Mr. Michael Swan in his Practical English Usage has some good clear advice for
"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."
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,