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    Formal & Informal Words

    Hi everyone,

    I've just learned that "among" and "amongst" mean the same and so does "amid" and "amidst" but "amongst" and "amidst" are more formal. So, my question is are there any more words which are similar? Perhaps like these, or "in" and "within". I've been looking for a website but can't find one.

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    Re: Formal & Informal Words

    I would not say that "amongst" is formal. I would say it is archaic.

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    Archaic! My teacher only said formal and uncommon!

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    Re: Formal & Informal Words

    Well, it is more common in BrE, but still not as common as "among." In AmE, you almost never hear it, unless someone is going for a certain effect.

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    Re: Formal & Informal Words

    Okay thanks. Do you know of any others?

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    Re: Formal & Informal Words

    How about 'on' and 'upon', and 'beneath' and 'underneath'?

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    Re: Formal & Informal Words

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    How about 'on' and 'upon', and 'beneath' and 'underneath'?
    I don't see any question of formality with those.

    "Upon" is sort of old fashioned in literal use. Beneath/underneath are the same in most contexts to me.

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    Re: Formal & Informal Words

    I would say you could nowadays say 'whom' is formal use only.

    Technically of course, 'who' should only be used for the subjective case, and 'whom' for the objective case, but correct usage of 'whom' is quickly becoming a formality. You'll actually rarely hear 'whom' being used anymore, at least in AmE.

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    Re: Formal & Informal Words

    I know a lot of Americans who say "whom".

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