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    word doubt

    Hello, I`m a student of english philology and sometimes writign my essays I have problems to choose the proper word.

    In this case I would like to know what is the difference between "among" and "betwee". For example in this sentence what word should I used?:

    ...all countries will learn between them the best of their culture....

    It is the same to use "between" and "among"

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    Re: word doubt

    Between is used when there are only two persons or things.
    For example:
    I was standing between my friends, Paul and Frank (there were only two of my friends there).
    The table stood between two chairs.
    I was walking between two rows of houses.

    Among is used when there are three or more persons or things.
    For example:
    I was standing among my friends, Paul, Frank and Mike (there were three of them).
    The table stood among four chairs.
    I was walking in the woods among the trees (there were a lot of the trees in the woods, not only two, for you to use the term between)

    Hope it helps

    Xeraph

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    Re: word doubt

    Sadly, this breaks down when you find the usage "The funds will be divided between all the charities". "Between" is not restricted to two.

    Having said that, fundamentally I agree that as a general rule, keep "between" to two and "among" to more than two.

    The sentence relating to countries is better phrased as "Among themselves, all countries will discover/learn the best of each other's cultures".

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    Re: word doubt

    Attention: I'm not a teacher.

    Hi arare,

    Between and among are both prepositions, and they are usually followed by nouns. Let's look at
    between first.
    Between is usually followed by 2 nouns, like this:
    …between the mountains and the sea
    The nouns can be single, plural or uncountable. The important thing is that between identifies them as
    2 separate, individual things (or groups of things). Here are some more examples:
    Is there a connection between unemployment and crime?
    He shared the money equally between Jake and Mary.
    In fact, it is possible to use between with more than 2 things, as long as they are separate things.
    He shared the money equally between his 3 grandchildren, Paul, Callum and Nuala.

    Now among, or amongst, gives the idea of being part of a group of many, so it's usually followed by a
    plural noun phrase. Jackie says her house is:
    …among the trees
    And some more examples:
    Her exam results put her among the top 10% of students in her group.
    It gets very lonely, living among strangers

    Between distinguishes 2 or more separate things – and is followed by countable or uncountable, single or plural nouns. Among means 'one of many', and usually goes with plural nouns.

    Regards.

    V.

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