PSLE English

Should you use among or amongst?

Notes from the video ‘Diffusion Academy| PSLE English Grammar |Among Vs. Amongst‘ :

What’s the difference between among and amongst?

Many of us are confused with these two words.

Are they variations of the same word?

Do they have different meanings?

 

Both among and amongst are both prepositions.

Among and amongst means the same thing – “into, surrounded by or in the company of”.

 And they can be used interchangeably.

 

For example, there are no differences between these sentences:

  • These companies were amongst those to go out of business or
  • These companies were among those to go out of business.

 

Here’s another example:

  • I was among the first to leave or
  • I was amongst the first to leave.

 

Among is more commonly used than amongst.

 

This is probably because among is the earlier word of th pair and first appeared in Old English while the variant form, amongst is a later development which came about in the Middle English period.

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