Interested in Language
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"?
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?
Unless you regard Japanese people as a type of alcohol, I would have thought the difference was rather clear!!
Okay, I see. Thank you!
I'd say Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink among Japanese.
It's not greatly important, but the alcohol is the same (ethanol) in all alcoholic drinks.
"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.