Scientific English as a Foreign Language
Answers to Lesson of June 5, 1998
Among and Between
With respect to a relationship among two or more objects, use "among". With respect to a relationship between two objects, use "between". Unfortunately, life is not so simple, and there is a complication in that "between" is also used for any number of individual people or things. Some examples are: 1) Among my friends, Fred is the best cook; 2) Between you and me, I have more culinary experience; 3) The responsibility for this evening's meal is shared between Fred, Mike, and David.
Which poster titles are correct?
Microscopy--A Comparison between Two Techniques RIGHT
Microscopy--A Comparison among Two Techniques WRONG
Microscopy--A Comparison between Three Techniques WRONG
Microscopy--A Comparison among Three Techniques RIGHT
Microscopy--A Comparison among Electron, Optical, and Scanning Probe Approaches WRONG
Microscopy--A Comparison between Electron, Optical, and Scanning Probe Approaches RIGHT
-Sir Ronald Ross
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Created 5 June 1998, by Nancy Burnham and Fred Hutson.