Correct spelling, explanation: the word among comes from an Old English form ongemang, which later, over the centuries, has evolved to the version we know today. Another version of the word among is amongst – they are both correct, but the latter one is more common in British English.
Definition of among:
1. preposition – in the middle of something or surrounded by something,
We found a beautiful meadow among trees in the forest.
2. preposition – to be the part of a group or things,
Don’t forget that you’re among friends so you can feel relaxed.
Expressions and idioms with among:
Some interesting idiomatic expressions include:
1. first among equals – to be more important than others in a group in which everybody is supposed to be equal,
We all earn the same salary, but somehow Jenny is first among equals in the company.
2. put the cat among the pigeons – to say or do something that makes other people annoyed and angry,
He put the cat among the pigeons by saying loudly what he thinks about our boss.
3. prince among something – a person who is really good at something,
Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce the prince among writers.
Incorrect spelling, explanation: there are two correct spellings of the word and these are among or amongst. However, many learners and native users of English make a mistake and spell the word as
amoung. It is incorrect, though, so make sure you don’t make this mistake.
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