Between and among

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We use between to say that somebody or something is between two or more clearly separate objects.

We use between, not among, after difference.

Among

We use among when somebody/something is in a group or a mass of people or things which we do not see separately.

Among can mean one of, some of or included in.

Between and among | Grammar exercise

Complete the following sentences using between or among.

1. They live in a small hut hidden ----------------- the trees. (between / among)

2. She was standing ------------------ the children. (between / among)

3. Lila sat --------------- Jessie and Ruth. (between / among)

4. He was at his office ----------------- ten and twelve. (between / among)

5. He shared the food ------------------- his siblings. (between / among)

6. What are the differences ------------------ lions, tigers and jaguars? (between / among)

7. I have a number of journalists ----------------- my friends. (between / among)

Answers

1. They live in a small hut hidden among the trees.

2. She was standing among the children.

3. Lila sat between Jessie and Ruth.

4. He was at his office between ten and twelve.

5. He shared the food among / between his siblings.

6. What are the differences between lions, tigers and jaguars? (After difference we use between.)

7. I have a number of journalists among my friends.

See Also

Back and Again
Bath and bathe
Beat and win
Because
Because of, due to, owing to and on account of
Been
Before
Before and in front of
Begin and Start
Belong to, belong on and belong in
Below and under
Beside
Besides
Between and among
Between and during
Between and from
Big, large and great
A bit
Born and borne
Both
Bring and take
But
But, though, in spite of, despite
By and with