How to Use Among and Between Correctly

Nothing stands between bride and groom, but they are among a group.
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"Among" and "between" are two prepositions that have separate usages. In fact, all they do is separate: "Among" describes action in a group of three or more, while "between" is action in a group of two, only.

1 "Among" Examples

"Among" is defined as "in the midst of" or "surrounded by," and is used when referring to a group: "She sat among the students." The song made popular by Connie Francis,"Among My Souvenirs," refers to a collection of keepsakes, while Iago, in Shakespeare's "Othello," makes reference to a group of party-goers as "among'st this flock of drunkards."

2 "Between" Examples

Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines "between" as "in the space/time that separates two": "He sits between the two of them" or "she is torn between two lovers." It can also, however, refer to more than two of a group if each member or element is considered a separate entity: "Between Kathy, Jane and myself there exists a permanent bond."

Michael Stratford is a National Board-certified and Single Subject Credentialed teacher with a Master of Science in educational rehabilitation (University of Montana, 1995). He has taught English at the 6-12 level for more than 20 years. He has written extensively in literary criticism, student writing syllabi and numerous classroom educational paradigms.

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