The Closing Word: Between vs. Among

Image of Closing Word IconThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you how to specifically implement it in business. A well-spoken, intelligent agent inspires confidence with clients and colleagues alike.

This week we’re looking at the appropriate usage of two common words:

Between vs. Among:

Between applies to a group of two.

At, into, or across the space separating (two objects or regions).

Among applies to a group of three or more.

1. Surrounded by; in the company of.
2. Being a member or members of (a larger set): “he was among the first 29 students enrolled”.


“If you can keep it between us, I’ll pretend you didn’t hit that ball in the water hazard.”

“He found himself at the bar among the golf tournament champs. Having shot like a hack that day, he drank himself deep into the evening.”


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