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# its understood that we use between when comparing action

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its understood that we use between when comparing action between two things and use among for more than two things.

but, what to use in case of player(s) of two teams. or say armie(s); among or between

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06 Jul 2009, 22:46
Such as this?

"Rivalry between the two teams caused a lot of conflicts among the players..."
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07 Jul 2009, 06:22
or 'there was a big fight among the players of the two teams'

'The ceasefire between the two armies was voilated'
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07 Jul 2009, 10:37
The rule is fairly straightforward:

If you have 2 persons/objects - use between such as "between two friends", "between his eyes", etc

If you have more than 2 persons/objects - always use among such as "among the members of his family", "among the many roads", etc
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07 Jul 2009, 10:47
Tx bb

pls consider this:

! Within the green party, an internal debate is raging among those who believe in compromising with mainstream politicians in order to achieve some goals with those who believe the party must not abandon any of its principles.

OA is "between . . . . "
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07 Jul 2009, 10:52
That looks like a tricky one. But I guess the rule applies. There are 2 groups:
1. Those who believe A
2. Those who believe B

So you use between, and not among.
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07 Jul 2009, 11:07
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Tx. i think its clear now.

also, i found this on net. may benifit others too

Between v/s among

1) Use between with two items.
Emily was standing between Sam and Adam.
Ram divided his property equally between his two children.

2) Between can be used to talk about distance and intervals.
I will be at the college between eight and ten.
The distance between wooden studs in new houses in UK is 350mm

3) Between is used before each
There seems to be less and less time between each event
Insert a space between each character
There are 9 lines between each centimeter

4) Use among with three or more items.
Ram divided his property equally among his three children.
The letter is somewhere among these papers.

5) Use between when something/ someone is between several clearly separated thing/ people. Use among when something/ someone is in a group/ crowd/ mass which we cannot see separately.
My villa is between the woods, the river and the village.
Your villa is hidden among the trees.

6) When talking about dividing and sharing things between or among more than two people or groups - can use any of the two
Ram divided all his property between/ among his children and grandchildren - both between and among are correct
We shared the work between/ among four of us. - both between and among are correct

7) Generally between is used after difference.
What's the difference between a Democrat and a Republican?
There are enormous differences between developing countries in burden of disease , financial resources, educational attainment, and health systems
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07 Jul 2009, 11:23
topher wrote:
That looks like a tricky one. But I guess the rule applies. There are 2 groups:
1. Those who believe A
2. Those who believe B

So you use between, and not among.

Sorry - late to the game - I agree. It is a tricky one but with 2 parties (A and B) must use between
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08 Jul 2009, 00:32
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Target760 wrote:
Tx bb

pls consider this:

! Within the green party, an internal debate is raging among those who believe in compromising with mainstream politicians in order to achieve some goals with those who believe the party must not abandon any of its principles.

OA is "between . . . . "

Another thing to consider: Is the OA "between [x]...and [y] ? I understand that "between [x] with [y] is always wrong.
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Here are some interesting sentences, I found on internet:

“Between February 25 and March 4, Kissinger resumed his shuttle diplomacy, traveling between Damascus, Tel Aviv, Cairo, Amman, Riyadh, and Bonn, before his return to the United States.”

The above underlined between is correct, as he did not travel among those six cities; he traveled between one and another seriatim.

Another interesting one:
"He lived in that ill-defined triangle between East Town, West Town, and South Town."

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http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-bet1.htm
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09 Jul 2009, 07:47
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Target760 wrote:
Tx bb

pls consider this:

! Within the green party, an internal debate is raging among those who believe in compromising with mainstream politicians in order to achieve some goals with those who believe the party must not abandon any of its principles.

OA is "between . . . . "

Another thing to consider: Is the OA "between [x]...and [y] ? I understand that "between [x] with [y] is always wrong.

hi. TX so much for highlighting this subtle fact. would remember it!
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09 Jul 2009, 07:50
bigoyal wrote:
Here are some interesting sentences, I found on internet:

“Between February 25 and March 4, Kissinger resumed his shuttle diplomacy, traveling between Damascus, Tel Aviv, Cairo, Amman, Riyadh, and Bonn, before his return to the United States.”

The above underlined between is correct, as he did not travel among those six cities; he traveled between one and another seriatim.

Another interesting one:
"He lived in that ill-defined triangle between East Town, West Town, and South Town."

-Source:
http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-bet1.htm

tx for replying. i thing between v/s among is something i wont forget now; i better get this in my final GMAT

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