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    between four

    hello there,

    please, is the sentence bellow correct? Shouldn't it bet ''among''?

    "I can't live confined between four walls."

    Thanks you.

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    #2

    Re: between four

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDoe View Post
    hello there,

    please, is the sentence bellow correct? Shouldn't it bet ''among''?

    "I can't live confined between four walls."

    Thanks you.
    below

    be

    A natve speaker would usually say ...........

    ".........within (these) four walls."

    You could be trapped between two walls.

    Normally, "between" is used when only two things are involved.

    "My two kids shared some of the sweets between them."
    "The other sweets I shared among my five nieces."


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    Re: between four

    Hello,
    This sentence was said by a native speaker (an American) on a TV show about truck drivers, who may have a very informal way of speaking. Could it be the reason?
    Last edited by JohnDoe; 14-Jan-2009 at 17:18.

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    Re: between four

    Don't forget that dialogue in a film or tv show won't necessarily be correct. The character who said this might well be unaware of the distinction between "between" and "within" in this context.

    Also, I can only advise about UK English, not US English and there are often subtle, and often not so subtle, differences.

    Maybe a US English speaker could advise about this.


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    Re: between four

    Quote Originally Posted by buggles View Post
    Don't forget that dialogue in a film or tv show won't necessarily be correct. The character who said this might well be unaware of the distinction between "between" and "within" in this context.

    Also, I can only advise about UK English, not US English and there are often subtle, and often not so subtle, differences.

    Maybe a US English speaker could advise about this.
    thank you very much!

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    Re: between four

    Quote Originally Posted by buggles View Post
    Don't forget that dialogue in a film or tv show won't necessarily be correct. The character who said this might well be unaware of the distinction between "between" and "within" in this context.

    Also, I can only advise about UK English, not US English and there are often subtle, and often not so subtle, differences.

    Maybe a US English speaker could advise about this.
    I am a Canadian English speaker, and I can tell you that the improper use of between/among is very, very common. I venture to guess that if you asked 100 people to explain the difference, fewer than 50 could tell you.

    Fewer/less is another very common example of improper usage.


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    Re: between four

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    I am a Canadian English speaker, and I can tell you that the improper use of between/among is very, very common. I venture to guess that if you asked 100 people to explain the difference, fewer than 50 could tell you.

    Fewer/less is another very common example of improper usage.
    Do you think I should mind about it? I mean, is it a big mistake in a job interview?
    Thanks.

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    Re: between four

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDoe View Post
    Do you think I should mind about it? I mean, is it a big mistake in a job interview?
    Thanks.

    I am not a teacher.
    Mind about what??? Between/among? To me it is very noticeable, but I am a fusspot about it.

    If you are applying for a job as an English teacher, it is very important, as a truckdriver, no.

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