‘Among’ or ‘amongst’?
Among is the earlier word of this pair: according to the Oxford English Dictionary, it first appeared in Old English. The variant form, amongst, is a later development, coming along in the Middle English period. With regard to their meanings, there’s no difference between among and amongst. They’re both prepositions which mean:
- situated in the middle of a group of people or things:
We saw a factory tucked in among the houses.
Dad has agreed to cook and that frees me up to mingle amongst my guests.
- belonging to or happening within a group:
These companies were among those to indicate lower earnings.
I was amongst the last to leave.
- indicating a division or choice between three or more people or things:
The grant will be divided among the six participating institutions.
It certainly did not mean that this income is shared out equally amongst the population.
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