Between vs. Among

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...and “among” when you're writing about more than two things.

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Easy, right? Or at least easier than choosing between dreamy Zac and adorable Max.

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Let's look at some examples.

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In Pride and Prejudice, Lizzie Bennet has to choose between continuing to hate Fitzwilliam

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Darcy...

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...and loving Fitzwilliam Darcy. Hey, we never said it was a difficult choice.

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Darcy has loads of money and social connections. He could have any girl among the ranks of

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England's aristocrats.

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But he picks Lizzie. Again, not a tough decision. Of course, there's an exception to this rule.

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You can use the word “between” when talking about more than two things, so long as they

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are individual and distinct. For example, you could say, “Jill sat between

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her mom, her dad, and her sister”.

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If you want to use “among” instead of “between”, you would say, “Jill sat

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among her family”. And that's the rule...

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...use “between” when you're writing about two things...

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...and “among” when you're writing about more than two things.

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Oh, and for those of you wondering if you can use “amongst” instead of “among”...

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...remember that this is America, and we say “among” on this side of the pond.