Agreement Between And Among

GrammarGirl did quite a job. She explains that there is a difference between and between. She writes that flights between London and Crete begin in early April. (exact)βœ“ Other times they may fall between more than two elements, groups or people, as in these sentences: We use between to refer to two things that are clearly separated. We use among to talk about things that are not clearly separated because they are part of a group, quantity or mass of objects: where did the “rule” begin? Who blamed Mrs. Thorp for this? “Between is used correctly by two,” Samuel Johnson wrote in his 1755 dictionary, “and among other things more.” He considered Tween to be “twain, two” and therefore decided that it would be “fair” to limit the division to two. But he noticed that not everyone was as demanding as he was (or, as he would say, like him): “But perhaps,” he adds, “this precision is not always preserved.” The first expresses the idea that your keys have fallen between a stack of books and somewhere in the middle of them you will find your keys. Between is used for one-to-one relationships between discrete things. Use under if people or things can be considered collectively (i.e. as an undifferentiated group or mass) and not individually: Of course, these sentences are not equivalent (because there are more countries in South America than Brazil, Argentina and Chile), but they illustrate the rule – you can use between 3 individual elements, and you should use among, when talking about a general group (which does not mention certain countries). Lexicographers later incriminated Johnson`s testimony. Fowler calls this idea that you should always use in between and never more than that, a superstition that dies hard.

Shortly after Johnson, Noah Webster wrote in his 1828 dictionary that there is no limit to two, and the current entry for entering Merriam-Webster further expands this refutation: If you think there is between versus under an enriching use of everyone`s time, you urgently need a narrowing. Please introduce yourself to 14 Five Bells Lane, Nether Wallop, Hampshire, England, with a sheet metal hat on your head, ring the doorbell and say, “I`m here to learn something about active drawing.” There is a tenacious but unfounded idea that “between” can only be used for two elements and that “under” should be used for more than two elements. “Between” has been used since Old English by more than two; It is particularly appropriate to designate a ratio to one, regardless of the number of elements. As a historical dictionary that knows English in all its incarnations, the OED does not agree in every issue with the idea that one cannot use in between. One of his quotes from Central English, Betweyn writes to us very specifically – that is, between the three of us. And three is undoubtedly bigger than two. I didn`t want to have to choose between singers. Is there a link between his arrival and his disappearance? Since there are both between and between prepositions, you need to make sure that all pronouns that follow one of them are in an objective case.

Here`s the deal: you can use the word “between” if you`re talking about different elements, even if there are more than two.. . .

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