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    between , among

    Hello teachers :
    When I was a high school student , my teacher told me that the difference between ( between , among ) is that the former is used when you want to differentiate between two stuffs and the latter is used with more than two .but I read this sentence in a book (Based on a certain harmony between these three elements ) which confused me , would you please help and explain the difference between them ( between , among ) .

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    Re: between , among

    "among" would make more sense, wouldn't it? But given additional context, there is the possible reading: a harmony between elements A and B, and elements B and C.

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    Re: between , among

    thank you ver much , teacher
    so the rule which states that ( among ) is used with more than three and ( between ) is used with two are right and applicable

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    Re: between , among

    From dictionary.com:

    Usage Note: According to a widely repeated but unjustified tradition, “between is used for two, and among for more than two.” It is true that between is the only choice when exactly two entities are specified: the choice between (not among) good and evil, the rivalry between (not among) Great Britain and France. When more than two entities are involved, however, or when the number of entities is unspecified, the choice of one or the other word depends on the intended sense. Between is used when the entities are considered as distinct individuals; among, when they are considered as a mass or collectivity. Thus in the sentence The bomb landed between the houses, the houses are seen as points that define the boundaries of the area of impact (so that we presume that none of the individual houses was hit). In The bomb landed among the houses, the area of impact is considered to be the general location of the houses, taken together (in which case it is left open whether any houses were hit). By the same token, we may speak of a series of wars between the Greek cities, which suggests that each city was an independent participant in the hostilities, or of a series of wars among the Greek cities, which allows for the possibility that the participants were shifting alliances of cities. For this reason, among is used to indicate inclusion in a group: She is among the best of our young sculptors. There is a spy among you. Use between when the entities are seen as determining the limits or endpoints of a range: They searched the area between the river, the farmhouse, and the woods. The truck driver had obviously been drinking between stops.

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    #5

    Re: between , among

    I highly appreciate your help
    thanks dear, teacher

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    Re: between , among

    You're most welcome, herbiji.

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