‘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:
- belonging to or happening within a group:
- indicating a division or choice between three or more people or things:
You can find out more about ‘among’ and ‘amongst’ on the Oxford Dictionaries blog, as well as a breakdown of the differing levels of usage for the two words.
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