Interested in Language
1) please take a look at the following passage from a book I am currently reading:
"But I can give you freedom to overcome any system of power in which you find yourself, be it religious, economic, social or political. You will grow in the freedom to be inside or outside all kinds of systems and to move freely between and among them. Together, you and I can be in it and not of it."
(The Shack, by Wm. Paul Young)
What is the idea behind the expression "between and among" above?
2) If you search "between and among them" in the Internet you find lots of use of this expression. For instance:
"The student will demonstrate through the mathematical processes an understanding of the properties of basic geometric figures and the relationships between and among them." (from several sites in the Internet)
Is the idea above related to demonstrating relationships between pairs of geometric figures and among many of them?
It covers all bases- some systems may be connected with two-way traffic (between), but there can also be other relationships connecting more (among).
Also I think there are many languages in which these two words are translated by only one. I wonder how expressions like "between and among" or "between or among" would be translated.
Well, next time I find myself in doubt whether to use "between" or "among" I will consider using both.