English Lesson: Between vs Among

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George lives by the sea. His house is between the beach and the park near the beach. Among all of the houses in that area, his house is the nicest. He has a great view of the bay, and the beach between his house and the bay is just beautiful. He has a nice garden too. Among the plants and flowers, he also grows some vegetables. He also has a fish pond between the house and the garden.

Today we will look at between and among. These words are similar, and sometimes confusing. Have a look once more at the paragraph above, and then take a look at the lesson here:

We use between when we talk about something that is located in the middle of two things, like this:

  • George’s house is between the beach and the park.
  • The coffee shop is between the deli and the post office.
  • In the photo, I am standing between two students.

When there are more than two things, we use between when those things are clearly separable, like this:

  • The wine glasses are between the beer glasses and the shot glasses. (We can see the three types of glasses)
  • I think the cat is hiding between the chairs. (We can see the individual chairs)

When there are more than two things, we use among when those things are part of a group that we don’t look at individually:

  • Those snakes live among the trees in the forest. (The forest is a group of trees)
  • Joe is the brightest student among his classmates. (Classmates are a group of students)

Among all the websites you visited today, I hope you enjoyed this one the most! If you need me, I’ll be sitting between the two maple trees in my back yard. By the way, is your house near the beach?