Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: Among - amid

  1. Newbie
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: Sep 2011
    • Posts: 1
    #1

    Among - amid

    Hello!
    Sometimes I come into these words in texts, but can't understand, in which situations each of them can be used. What's the essential difference between them?

  2. BobK's Avatar
    Harmless drudge
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,037
    #2

    Re: Among - amid

    'Amid' is rarely used nowadays. The only case I can think of off the top of my head is the Christmas Carol See amid the winter's snow. I'd call it archiac. It's preserved as a 'fossil' in the word 'amidships' - which itself is pretty well archaic (used to refer to the middle of a ship) but is often used by sport commentators (in Br Eng) when a player is hit in a sensitive area.

    'Amid' may sometimes be used in poetry.

    b

Similar Threads

  1. [Vocabulary] amid/amidst & among/amongst
    By Rosamond00 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 16-May-2010, 12:41
  2. Amid an oil boom
    By lovecindy in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-Jun-2008, 12:11
  3. Hung up on phrases amid a sentence...
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 26-Dec-2007, 13:30

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •