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    Disorders In, Among

    I am not sure about using "in", "among", and "of" in this context:

    "The doctor suspected mental disorders ( in / among / of ) the patients."

    Do they mean different things in this context? Or are some of them wrong?

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    Re: Disorders In, Among

    "in" and "among" sound good to me. "of" does not sound correct to me.
    I think "in" sounds like the doctor thinks all the patients have disorders while "among" sounds like some of the patients have a disorder and some do not.

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    Re: Disorders In, Among

    This is a very familiar question which, as this OP is new, I guess must have been asked by a different user. The last time it was asked, someone suggested using the much simpler "The doctor suspected that some of the patients were mentally ill/had a mental illness". I agreed with that suggestion then and I still do.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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