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    #1

    Among VS Amongst

    What's the difference between among and amongst ?
    would you give me some examples for them, please ?

    Thank you in advance

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    #2

    Re: Among VS Amongst

    "Amongst" is the archaic form. Use "among."

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    #3

    Re: Among VS Amongst

    Amongst is used in BrE by some speakers, sometimes when trying to sound a bit posh. I use among.

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    Re: Among VS Amongst

    Interesting. I've only heard it used in the Hail Mary. "Blessed art thou amongst women."

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    #5

    Re: Among VS Amongst

    I've only ever heard "Blessed art thou among women."

    Nesyan, enter your thread title into the Search box at the top of the page for links to many other discussions of this topic.

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    Re: Among VS Amongst

    Which shows that "amongst" falls out of favor even when it is among other "old" words, like thou and thy.

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    Re: Among VS Amongst

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Interesting. I've only heard it used in the Hail Mary. "Blessed art thou amongst women."
    When I was an altar boy (a while ago) the Father Gregory told us that there was nothing in the Hail Mary about 'a monk swimming'.

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    Re: Among VS Amongst

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    When I was an altar boy (a while ago) the Father Gregory told us that there was nothing in the Hail Mary about 'a monk swimming'.

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    Did you ever sing that well-known hymn Gladly, the cross-eyed bear?

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    #9

    Re: Among VS Amongst

    Thank you guys for your nice posts
    but I got a bit confused
    because of telling that amongst is an old form of among which means among is a newer form
    and some who says that is used in British English

    Do American use amongst in conversational speaking and writing ?
    Is amongst used to use only in the old literature ?

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    Re: Among VS Amongst

    Let me be clearer. In America "amongst" is not used. Except maybe in Church, in prayers that consciously use "old" language, like "thy" and "thou."

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