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What about "Our house is between the woods, the river and the village", which does not appear among your special cases?

I'm not entirely sure how I'd interpret that sentence. If the idea is that the woods, the river, and the ... the middle, as below, then yes, I might say that. If not, you'd have to tell me what it means.

That's how I interpret it (thank you for the diagram), but English is not my mother tongue. Since you're not sure how to interpret the sentence, how would you express the same concept without "between"?
Bye, FB

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I'm not entirely sure how I'd interpret that sentence. If ... If not, you'd have to tell me what it means.

That's how I interpret it (thank you for the diagram), but English is not my mother tongue. Since you're not sure how to interpret the sentence, how would you express the same concept without "between"?

I'm not sure that I'd be able to some up with something as short as "between them". "Approximately equidistant from them", perhaps, if it were true. Otherwise, I'd just have to describe the layout in more detail cardinal directions, distances, etc.

Aaron Davies
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how would you express the same concept without "between"?

I'm not sure that I'd be able to some up with something as short as "between them". "Approximately equidistant from them", perhaps, if it were true. Otherwise, I'd just have to describe the layout in more detail cardinal directions, distances, etc.

At any rate, what's important is that you'd use "between", definitely not "among", if you had to.
Bye, FB

Mrs. Palmer, in her way, was equally angry. 'She was determined to drop his acquaintance immediately, and she was very thankful that she had never been acquainted with him at all'. (Jane Austen)

I'm not sure that I'd be able to some up ... to describe the layout in more detail cardinal directions, distances, etc.

At any rate, what's important is that you'd use "between", definitely not "among", if you had to.

Yes, definately. "Among" would make no sense to me there.
Aaron Davies
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I'm not sure that I'd be able to some up ... to describe the layout in more detail cardinal directions, distances, etc.

At any rate, what's important is that you'd use "between", definitely not "among", if you had to. Bye, FB

Go ahead, put a gun to my head and tell me to choose: yes, I'll choose 'between.' Without a gun to my head I'd tell you I'd never say either one. The sentence is nonsensical.
Good luck with this.
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I would be grateful if anyone could shed light on the usage of "between" and "among". First, I'll report two views on the matter.

Two?

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If you have read through this long post, remember that in Italy we say "that which doesn't kill you, fortifies you".

Why would we want to remember what Italians say? Is 'That which would bore the socks off you if you took the time to read it, is best ignored' ever heard in Italy?
Anyway, the answer isn't complicated: in addition to the obvious difference between the two, 'between' is also used when comparing members of a group, one to another. The group can be of any size.

For example:
'A writer can choose whatever point of view he wants, but he should take care which one he selects for a particular story since there are significant differences between them.'

Charles Riggs
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or at least incomplete, but I still would like someone to say the ultimate word on "between" and "among",

Well, if you want the ultimate word on practically any usage issue, you've come to the right place. I'll give you an ultimate word, Charles will give you an ultimate word,

with no room for doubt
Donna will give you a choice of ultimate words

after chastising you for not looking for your answer in the FAQ or, failing that, in an online dictionary (why one of those instead of one in print or on a CD is a mystery I've never solved), or by Googling,
Bob will give you an ultimate word, John Lawler will give you a really ultimate word,

as you'll know after you've given his post four reads so you can understand it,
Clarence will give you several words but you may not be able to figure out which is the ultimate one,

although you'll come away happier,
and Tony will talk about something else entirely.

or stay on topic after admitting he knows nothing about it.
It'll do you no good, mind. The ultimate word on your particular question is that the OED is right, and some of the other dictionaries are wrong because they are put together by people who haven't consulted the ultimate authority, the users of the language.

And the OED is right so often, no-one, not even Sparky, should begrudge the payment due its publisher.

Charles Riggs
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What about "Our house is between the woods, the river and the village", which does not appear among your special cases?

It appears to me it belongs to that special case of someone not having a clue where his house is located.

Charles Riggs
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