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    the most XXX(adjective) of/among ...?

    1. Stone is the most durable of all building materials.
    2. Stone is the most durable among all building materials.

    Are they both correct? If so, when do you use each of "of" and "among"?

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    Re: the most XXX(adjective) of/among ...?

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkie9 View Post
    1. Stone is the most durable of all building materials.
    2. Stone is the most durable among all building materials.

    Are they both correct? If so, when do you use each of "of" and "among"?
    I wouldn't use "among".

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    #3

    Re: the most XXX(adjective) of/among ...?

    Thank you.
    How about this?

    3. Beer is the most popular alcohol among Japanese.

    I think this is corect. Could anyone please tell me what the difference between Examples 1 and 3 is?

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    Re: the most XXX(adjective) of/among ...?

    Unless you regard Japanese people as a type of alcohol, I would have thought the difference was rather clear!!


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    #5

    Re: the most XXX(adjective) of/among ...?

    Okay, I see. Thank you!

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    Re: the most XXX(adjective) of/among ...?

    You're welcome!


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    #7

    Re: the most XXX(adjective) of/among ...?

    I'd say Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink among Japanese.

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    #8

    Re: the most XXX(adjective) of/among ...?

    Thank you.
    That example sentence was from "Eijiro on the Web". http://www.alc.co.jp/
    Maybe I shoudn't trust this dictionary site very much.

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    #9

    Re: the most XXX(adjective) of/among ...?

    It's not greatly important, but the alcohol is the same (ethanol) in all alcoholic drinks.

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    Re: the most XXX(adjective) of/among ...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I'd say Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink among Japanese.
    I think you have to be more precise initially.

    "Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink among the Japanese people" ("Japanese"without a qualifier could refer to Japanese dogs or Japanese fish etc.)

    When you expand the sentence like this then using "among" sounds really clumsy - " . . .of the Japanese people" slips off the tongue more easily.

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