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    #1

    between x among

    - Between the two of us, weŽll think of something. What if there are three of us? Between or among?
    - The bill will be split between (or among?) Lucy, Helen and me.

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    #2

    Re: between x among

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    - Between the two of us, weŽll think of something. What if there are three of us? Between or among?
    - The bill will be split between (or among?) Lucy, Helen and me.
    Use among or amongst for more than two.

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    #3

    Re: between x among

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Use among or amongst for more than two.
    You are right, of course, but you can hear "The bill will be split between the three of us." a lot.


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    Re: between x among

    I hesitate to contradict you but:

    Their house is between the river, the field and the forest.
    He divided the money between Tom, Dick and Harry.

    You'd hardly use 'among' in these sentences, would you?

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    Re: between x among

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    I hesitate to contradict you but:

    Their house is between the river, the field and the forest.
    He divided the money between Tom, Dick and Harry.

    You'd hardly use 'among' in these sentences, would you?
    No, you wouldn't say "Among the river, the field and the forest." but you could certainly say "He divided the money among/amongst Tom, Dick and Harry."

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    #6

    Re: between x among

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    You'd hardly use 'among' in these sentences, would you?
    Yes, I would for the second.
    My first answer was probably a bit too prescriptive. There's obviously scope for different usages, as we have displayed.


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    #7

    Re: between x among

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, you wouldn't say "Among the river, the field and the forest." but you could certainly say "He divided the money among/amongst Tom, Dick and Harry."
    Would it be possible to use 'among' if you said "divided equally"?

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    #8

    Re: between x among

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    - Between the two of us, weŽll think of something. What if there are three of us? Between or among?
    - The bill will be split between (or among?) Lucy, Helen and me.
    I think that the correct answer is:
    The bill will be split among Lucy, Helen and me.
    between is used when we talk about two person . I sit between Lucy and Helen.
    Among is used when we talk about more than two.
    They were standing among the crowd.

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