Among and amongst mean the same thing. Amongst, however, is chiefly a British English term*.

Some who prefer American English consider amongst archaic and pretentious. I think it sounds quaint, like betwixt, an archaic term for between.

My suggestion? If you use American English for the rest of your text, then be consistent and use among.

There’s a good discussion here (check out the comments) and here (with a quick reference to Dr. Grammar).

Coming soon: The difference between between and among

*Source: The New Oxford American Dictionary

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2 thoughts on “Among and amongst

  1. Hi Atty. Janet,

    I lost your email invitation of your upcoming English seminar Jan & Feb 2013. May I request again details of the seminar.

    Thank you.

    Best regards, Pau

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