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Among and amongst

Put simply, among and amongst are mostly exactly the same and completely interchangeable.

Amongst is the elder version and in some parts of the United States, it is considered archaic, while, among is the more modern term and is much more common in everyday speech. 

We use among and amongst as a preposition when there are more than two people or things 

For only two people, it’s better to use: between.

  • We’ll go to take a coffee in the courtyard and sit among/amongst the locals.
  • It’s about time we joined in among/amongst the crowd.
  • Among/amongst our group, there is a traitor, a rat.
  • Just amongst/among us three guys, no one else can know.
  • I live among/amongst many nationalities in my neighbourhood.
  • We know that amongst/among our colleagues there is a computer programmer.
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