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    between and among

    ecosystem: all the living things in an area and the relationship between them.
    I've found the definition above in Longman Dictionary, but I think among is a better word instead of between. Would you please help me? Thanks.

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    Re: between and among

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    ecosystem: all the living things in an area and the relationship between them.
    I've found the definition above in Longman Dictionary, but I think among is a better word instead of between. Would you please help me? Thanks.
    There is nothing wrong with the wording of the definition.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: between and among

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    There is nothing wrong with the wording of the definition.
    I think between is used when we are talking about two things and among is used when there are more than two.
    Can they be used instead of each other?

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    Re: between and among

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    I think between is used when we are talking about two things and among is used when there are more than two.
    Can they be used instead of each other?
    See here, particularly examples 1a and 1b, and also the Usage Discussion further down the page which discusses the "unfounded notion" that you mentioned.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: between and among

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    ecosystem: all the living things in an area and the relationship between them.
    I've found the definition above in Longman Dictionary, but I think among is a better word instead of between. Would you please help me? Thanks.
    I agree with ems's response. In your sentence, in particular, the various species in an ecosystem have relationships with other species in the ecosystem, but those relationships are individual (1 to 1), not shared. For example one species may be a predator for a second species, but the prey for a third species.

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