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Subject:Re: Between & Among From:doug montalbano <doug_montalbano -at- CC -dot- CHIRON -dot- COM> Date:Mon, 20 Jun 1994 08:50:45 PST
I agree that *usage* of these words is confusing. I was wondering if
the deep-down distinction (below the conscious level) depends upon
*reciprocity* of the elements. If the elements have a reciprocal
relationship, we use `between' even if there are more than 2. If
there are more than 2, and the relationship is either vague or
non-reciprocal (merely a grouping), then we choose `among'.
Merely a stab at analysis. I use both.
Doug Montalbano <> Technical Writer <> Chiron Corporation
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as hell doing that after a while, and then I'd be through with
having conversations for the rest of my life.
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