For today’s English lesson, let’s have a look at how to use the two prepositions, among & between. These words are similar but they are used differently.
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.
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 clearly see the
three types of glasses.)
- I think the cat is hiding between the chairs. (We can see the individual chairs.)
On the other hand, when there are more than two things, we use among when those things are part of a group and we don’t look at the group members individually:
- Those animals live among the trees in the forest. (The forest is a group of trees and we don’t look at the trees individually.)
- Joe is the brightest student among his classmates. (Classmates are the group.)
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