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Can anyone help me clarify:

1. From the GMATCLUB Ultimate grammar book and other sources, I understood that you can use BETWEEN for three or more subjects if they are distinctively mentioned.

However, in MGMAT Sentence Corrections, the authors instruct to use Between for 2, and among for 3 or more. They even have the following Right or Wrong question:

The negotiations between the company, the union, and the city government were initially contentious but ultimately amicable.

My answer was RIGHT.

But their answer is WRONG: Use AMONG!

So can anyone tell me what is the actual GMAT rule?

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Re: BETWEEN vs AMONG [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2010, 12:39
q10nik,

Good question! The rule is the one you saw in the Manhattan GMAT book: Use "between" for two items / people and "among" for three or more. This is similar to the rules about superlatives (below) in that there really aren't exceptions you need to worry about:

Superlatives:

-"I like coffee BETTER than tea." --> This is correct. Use "better" to compare two things. You would never use "best" in this instance.
-"Among coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, I like coffee BEST." --> Also correct. You're comparing three or more things, so you need to use "best." You wouldn't say "better" here.

Between/Among follows the same principle as better/best and other superlatives.

Hope that helps!

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Re: BETWEEN vs AMONG [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2010, 23:44
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