19/04/17 Between and Among

Between and Among

The old “rule” that between refers to two things and among to more than two is not quite right – never has been.

The distinction is the relationship between or among the various things.
If it’s distinctly one-to-one, use between even if there are more than two in total:

  • personal bonds between senators

If it’s collective, use among:

  • consensus among senators