can i say: "between four walls" ???
i thought the preposition "between" is used only for specification a position when speaking about two other objects (I walked between Jacob and Peter)
Should "among/amongst" not be there?
"I sat amongst four walls"
thanks for a clarification
You might read again the following link:
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As shown by hits at the New York Times, the first is the norm:
78 from nytimes.com for "between four walls"
while the 2nd seems to be frowned at:
0 from nytimes.com for "among four walls"
An acceptable alternative in some situations could well be:
125 from nytimes.com for "inside four walls"
However, when less strict standards are applied, it seems that even the 2nd is OK for some book authors:
86 on "among four walls"
still much less than the usual:
769 on "between four walls"
Ah, the chickens come home to roost.
If Americans show disregard for the meanings of words, and invent their own phraseologies...
'Between' suggests that the objects are viewed individually. With 'among' they are regarded, to a certain extent, as a mass, even if they are discrete objects. It can be proved with a simple test.
Our village is situated between the river, the field and the forest.
Would it be possible to substitute 'among' in this sentence? Of course, not.
Even when the objects are not named individually they are understood that way: There was a ball between the car wheels.
Hmm, I'm not sure I agree with all my compatriots above. For me, "between" is purely spatial, so between the four walls is fine. "Among" implies a status for the objects, such that they are equal or comparable to the subject, as in a person sitting among other people. You could say you sat between two statues, but if you said you sat among the statues, we would get the impression you were personifying the statues, or thinking of them as people.
(i) surrounded by
"Wild strawberries hidden among the roots of the trees."
in the company of
"You're among friends."
1) Among his baggage was a medicine chest.
I think it's more exact to call it 'part of a group of objects'. It has more to do with the concept of multitude.
2) There appeared such perfectly good understanding among them all.
I believe we could describe the meaning of 'among' through the idea of involvement.
3) Share the money among the twelve of you.
The idea of distribution.