Pairs of Terms – III

We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.

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Today is the third post in the series on misused word pairs. These are words which are frequently substituted for each other even though they don’t have the same meaning.

Let’s talk about the words between and among. Again, we have a pair of words that are NOT interchangeable, even though most people frequently use them as if they were.

Between is a preposition used to connect or separate two people, places or things. Examples:

We divided the cookies between Jennifer and me.

The truth lay somewhere between her version and his.

The Missouri River runs between Omaha and Council Bluffs.

Among is a preposition used to connect or separate three or more people, places oe things. Examples:

Mother divided the cookies among the four of us.

We had enough money among the three of us to pay the toll.

There was great camaraderie among the teammates.

We never use between when we’re talking about more than two people, and we never use among when we’re only talking about two people.

Let’s all learn this simple rule of word usage so we can write more intelligent and coherent prose.

What grammatical misuse bothers you? What particular area of grammar would you like help with? I’d love to hear and help.

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About David N. Walker

David N. Walker is a Christian husband, father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years in the health insurance industry, during which time he traveled much of the United States. He started writing about 20 years ago and has been a member and leader in several writers' groups. Christianity 101: The Simplified Christian Life, the devotional Heaven Sent and the novella series, Fancy, are now available in paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats, as well as through Smashwords and Kobo. See information about both of these by clicking "Books" above.
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4 Responses to Pairs of Terms – III

  1. Another good reminder, David. Keep ’em coming!

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  2. Sharon K. Walker says:

    Lots of people don’t know when to use between and among. This information is helpful. By the way, I just finished reading your 1st novella on Fancy, and I’m on pins and needles worrying about Danni.

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