It’s always gratifying when you aren’t sure if you used a word correctly, you look it up, and it turns out that you did use it the right way. That sort of a feel for language does not come by watching TV or interacting over the Internet via instant messaging, texting, Twitter, etc. That’s why one of the first pieces of standard advice for someone who wants to be a writer is, “Read.” (Or, “REEEAAAD!!” if your name happens to be Adah.) I myself need to remember to unplug from the Internet at times, get off the grid, and read books made of actual paper and cloth in order to keep my word skills sharp. If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between “between” and “among”, here you are. Cheers.
“Among” expresses a relationship when more than two persons or things are involved: Distrust spread among even his strongest supporters. “Between” is used when only two persons or things are involved: between you and me; to decide between tea and coffee. “Between” also continues to be used, as it has been throughout its entire history, to express a relationship of persons or things considered individually, no matter how many: Tossing up coins between three people always takes a little working out.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2011.
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