Exercise 1 - Use your instinct to complete the sentences with among or between.
|1.||Our house lies a bit off the road, some pine trees.|
|2.||There is a path to the house two lines of trees.|
|3.||We are situated a forest, a river and some hills.|
|4.||Poland was the ten countries that joined the EU in 2004.|
|5.||France lies Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Belgium.|
|6.||You shouldn't eat snacks meals.|
|7.||That was the best meals I have ever eaten.|
|8.||What is the difference a triangle, a square and a circle?|
|9.||We walked the crowds strolling in the park.|
|10.||We only had five pounds the three of us.|
|11.||Don't tell anyone. This is just you, me and the gatepost. (idiom)|
|12.||This way of dressing is very common teenagers.|
Exercise 2 - Decide which word we use to express these ideas:
|1.||To say there are things on two sides|
|2.||To talk about sb or sth being surrounded by things or people|
|3.||To talk about position relative to more than two specified places|
|4.||To mean 'one of' or 'some of'|
|5.||To talk about differences, connections and relationships|
|6.||To talk about sb or sth being included in a group|
|7.||To talk about times or events|
|8.||To talk about ownership or possession|
In borderline cases you just have to use your instinct
- The gangster divided the loot equally between his cronies.
- His cronies then distributed the loot among themselves.
- Let's all three of us keep this between ourselves, shall we?
- The members of the family were always quarrelling among themselves.
Divide and share
- Sam and the twins shared the cake between the three of them.
- We shared the cake among / between the four of us.
- We cut the cake and shared it out among the group.
- The old man's money was divided among his relatives.
- The old man's money was divided among / between his surviving children.
- The old man's money was divided between his two sons and his daughter.
Fingers, toes and other sets of things with gaps
- The sand ran between her fingers.
- Don't forget to wash between your toes.
- It's important to read between the lines. (idiom)
- Don't let this chance slip between your fingers. (idiom)
- You shouldn't eat snacks between meals.
Between as an adverb
- An avenue usually consists of two lines of trees with a road in between.
- The family get together every Christmas, but don't see each other much in between.
Some problem areas with between
Between you and I / me?As between is a preposition it should always take the object pronoun, in this case me, and this is what you should really learn.But some native speakers say between you and I, probably because they have been corrected for using me in other situations where traditionalists say we should use I, such as Hi, it's me. (See my post on subject and object pronouns)The use of between you and I is now so widespread that some commentators see it as acceptable idiomatic use in informal English. If you've got used to saying it like that, it's probably OK in casual use; just don't use it in formal situations.
Between each/everySome people consider expressions like between each payday or between every tree to be incorrect, and prefer to add and the next:
- Between each payday and the next ...
- Between every tree and the next ...
Between .... and (between)
Either ... or = between ... and
- We can either go to the beach or to the mountains.
- We have a choice between going to the beach and going to the mountains.
- From 1914 to 1918
- Between 1914 and 1918
Putting it all together
Exercise 3 - Complete the sentences with among or between.
|1.||Report on the relations the executive, the judiciary and Parliament.|
|2.||It was agreed the band members that it was time to go their separate ways.|
|3.||Just think! You could be the lucky winners of this week's jackpot.|
|4.||He was the first runners to cross the finishing line.|
|5.||Divorce rates are high the islanders.|
|6.||The three families had six cars them.|
|7.||The difference the three candidates on this issue is very small.|
|8.||Germany is one of the few Eurozone countries not to have had monetary problems.|
|9.||Relations Eurozone countries have been a little strained lately.|
|10.||There are strong cultural links the Scandinavian countries.|
|11.||He divided his time equally work, rest and play.|
|12.||He's been a singer and an actor, other things.|
|13.||The relationships smoking, exercise and disease are well understood.|
|14.||I can't distinguish these three brands of margarine.|
|15.||Lawyers are the most highly paid professionals.|