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كارولينا تريد وظيفة لتحل مشاكلها المالية، ولكن هل ستعثر على وظيفة؟ آدم مندهش من آرائكم عن كرة القدم.

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Exercise

Tell us about your favourite time of day. 

Are you happiest in the morning or at night? Or maybe in the afternoon?

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

Hi,
I learnt that we use between, not among, when talking about one to one relationships between 3 things or more; for example, "There is a trade agreement between Canada, Mexico and the US."
But I came across the following sentence, which made me confused, on one of grammar websites,
" My $10 million estate is to be split among my husband, daughter, son, and nephew. "
Shouldn't it be "between"?
Thanks in advance

Hello zagrus,

Like you, as I understand it, the correct word for the sentence you cite is between. There is a lot of confusion between these two words even among native speakers, so much so that one might wonder if the difference between them is beginning to disappear. That is probably this sentence has between instead of among.

In general, between is used when referring to two or more distinct items or people (or groups of people), and among is used when referring to things or people that are not distinct. In both of your examples, the countries and relatives are distinct things or people. An example of a sentence with among is: "Among all my colleagues, she is the most responsible."

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team