Student or Learner
Can you tell the difference among the four?
1. I wish you would be quiet.- Is it you are not going to be quiet, so I'm hoping an improbable thing?
2. I hope you will be quiet.- There's some chance that you are going to be quiet. So I'm hoping it. Is it correct?
3. I wish you were quiet - Now you are not quiet, so I dream of the state that you are quiet now.
4. I hope you are quiet.- Now you have the chance to be quiet, so I'm hoping it?
I'd like to know if my interpretations of the four are all correct, especially in 1 and 2.
It is always the difference between things, even when there are more than two.
But for this, I've always learned between is for two things, while among is for more than two things, but my presumption of your answer is probably
"You can use among for somthing more than two to be located spatially, but not for comparison of the things"
I hope my guess is correct.
Michael Swan has this to say:
"We say that something is between two people, things or groups of things. [...]
We usually say that somebody or something is between several clearly separate people or things. We prefer among when somebody or something is in a group, a crowd or a mass of people or things which we do not see separately. Compare
Our house is between the woods, the river and the village.
His house is hidden among the trees.[...]
Among is common before a singular (uncountable) noun. He found an envekope full of money among all the rubbish.
We talk about dividing or sharing things between or among more than two people or groups. [...]
We normally use between after difference."
Swan, Michael (2005), Practical English Usage (3rd edn), Oxford: OUP