among

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WordReference Collins English Usage © 2019
among
groups
If you are among a group of people or things, you are surrounded by them.
Dev wandered among his guests.
Among his baggage was a medicine chest.
Be careful
Don't say that you are ‘among’ two people or things. You say that you are between them.
Myra and Barbara sat in the back, the baby between them.
The island is midway between São Paulo and Porto Alegre.
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The form amongst is sometimes used, but is more formal than among.
The old farmhouse was hidden amongst orchards.
dividing
You can say that something is divided among or between a group of people. There is no difference in meaning.
He divided his money among his brothers and sisters.
Different scenes from the play are divided between five couples.
The form amongst is sometimes used, but is more formal than among.
I heard that flour was being distributed amongst the citizens.
differences
Be careful
Don't use ‘among’ when you are talking about differences. Don't say, for example, ‘I couldn’t see any difference among the three chairs'. You say ‘I couldn’t see any difference between the three chairs'.
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