a. In or through the position or interval separating: between the trees; between 11 o'clock and 12 o'clock.
b. Intermediate to, as in quantity, amount, or degree: It costs between 15 and 20 dollars.
2. Connecting spatially: a railroad between the two cities.
3. Usage Problem Associating or uniting in a reciprocal action or relationship: an agreement between workers and management; a certain resemblance between the two stories.
4. In confidence restricted to: Between you and me, he is not qualified.
a. By the combined effort or effect of: Between them they succeeded.
b. In the combined ownership of: They had only a few dollars between them.
6. As measured against. Often used to express a reciprocal relationship: choose between riding and walking.
In an intermediate space, position, or time; in the interim.
In an intermediate situation: My roommates disagreed and I was caught in between.
in between times
During an intervening period; in the meantime: has written several books and teaches in between times.
Usage Note: According to a widely repeated but unjustified tradition, "between is used for two, and among for more than two." It is true that between is the only choice when exactly two entities are specified: the choice between (not among) good and evil, the rivalry between (not among) Great Britain and France. When more than two entities are involved, however, or when the number of entities is unspecified, the choice of one or the other word depends on the intended sense. Between is used when the entities are considered as distinct individuals; among, when they are considered as a mass or collectivity. Thus in the sentence The balloon landed between the houses, the houses are seen as points that define the boundaries of the area where the balloon touched down (so that we presume that the balloon did not land on any of the individual houses). In The balloon landed among the houses, the area of landing is considered to be the general location of the houses, taken together (in which case it is left open whether the balloon landed on one of the houses). By the same token, we may speak of a series of wars between the Greek cities, which suggests that each city was an independent participant in the hostilities, or of a series of wars among the Greek cities, which allows for the possibility that the participants were shifting alliances of cities. For this reason, among is used to indicate inclusion in a group: She is among the best of our young sculptors. There is a spy among you. Use between when the entities are seen as determining the limits or endpoints of a range: They searched the area between the river, the farmhouse, and the woods. The truck driver had obviously been drinking between stops.
1. at a point or in a region intermediate to two other points in space, times, degrees, etc
2. in combination; together: between them, they saved enough money to buy a car.
3. confined or restricted to: between you and me.
4. indicating a reciprocal relation or comparison: an argument between a man and his wife.
5. indicating two or more alternatives: a choice between going now and staying all night.
between one specified thing and another: two houses with a garage between.
[Old English betwēonum; related to Gothic tweihnai two together; see two, twain]
Usage: After distribute and words with a similar meaning, among should be used rather than between: this enterprise issued shares which were distributed among its workers
1. in the space separating: between New York and Chicago.
2. intermediate to in time, quantity, or degree: between twelve and one o'clock.
3. linking; connecting: air service between cities.
4. in equal portions for each of: The couple split the profits between them.
5. among: sharing responsibilities between the five of us.
6. by the common participation of: Between us, we can finish the job.
7. in the choice or contrast of: the difference between good and bad.
8. by the combined effect of.
9. existing confidentially for: We'll keep this between ourselves.
10. involving; concerning: war between nations. adv.
11. in the intervening space or time: visits that were far between. Idioms:
in between, in an intermediate place.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English betwēonan
(dat.pl.), c. Gothic tweihnai
By traditional usage rules, among
expresses relationship when more than two are involved and between
is used for only two: to decide between tea and coffee. between
, however, continues to be used, as it has been throughout its history, to express relationship of persons or things considered individually, no matter how many: Between holding public office, teaching, and raising a family, she has little free time. Between you and I,
though heard occasionally in the speech of even educated persons, is usually considered incorrect. By the rules of grammar, any and all pronouns that are the object of a preposition must be in the objective case: between you and me; between her and them.
The construction between each
) is fully standard when the sense indicates that more than one thing is meant: Marigolds peeked between each row of vegetables.
1. describing position
If something is between two things, it has one of the things on one side of it and the other thing on the other side of it.
Janice was standing between the two men.
Northampton is roughly halfway between London and Birmingham.
Don't say that something is 'between' several things. You say that it is among them.
You talk about a difference between two or more things or people. Don't use 'among'.
What is the difference between football and soccer?
There isn't much difference between the three parties.
When someone makes a choice, you say that they choose between two or more things or people. Don't use 'among'.
It was difficult to choose between the two candidates.
You can choose between tomato, cheese or meat sauce on your pasta.
You say that someone chooses between one thing or person and another.
She had to choose between work and her family.