Sunday, 2 October 2011

Between 和 among 有分別嗎?


兩者之間的分享,分配,或選擇,我們會用 preposition "between";三者或以上,我們則用 "among"(也可寫作 "amongst"): 

I find it difficult to divide my time between my family and my work.  (correct) 
I find it difficult to divide my time among my family and my work.  (wrong!) 

Doctors work among the sick.  (correct) 
Doctors work between the sick.  (wrong!) 
(註:"among" 也有「在...其中」的意思)

Mum divided the food up among the three of us.  (correct) 
Mum divided the food up between the three of us.  (wrong!)  

Between Nicholas and Edison, I'd say that Nicholas looks more handsome.  (correct) 
Among Nicholas and Edison, I'd say that Nicholas looks more handsome.  (wrong!) 

The five thieves shared the stolen jewellery among themselves.  (correct) 
The five thieves shared the stolen jewellery between themselves.  (wrong!)

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