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Note 139 – Do you use ‘between’ and ‘among’ correctly?

Thank you to my work colleague who gave me the idea for today’s writing tip – it’s one of her pet hates when people get this wrong.  The rules are that you use between when relating to two things and among when it’s more than two.  I’ve created some examples below:

  • There is enough jelly and ice cream for Fred, Jack and Barney – I will share it among them.
  • Jerry’s off sick today.  Between you and me, I think he got drunk last night . 
  • Sean and Hayley won the lottery and shared their winnings among their three children.
  • There are no car parking spaces between here and the cinema.

The website Daily Writing Tips has an article on these two words They explain that “the preposition between is from an Old English word related to the word two” and “the preposition among derives from an Old English word meaning to mix or to mingle”.   Click on the above link to see more examples of its use. 

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About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


2 thoughts on “Note 139 – Do you use ‘between’ and ‘among’ correctly?

  1. I always love blogs like this. It is important that we, as writers, preserve proper word usage.

    Posted by Jack Campbell, Jr. | September 16, 2011, 10:16 pm


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