Comparison example

Last updated: 13 Oct 2008

Now for an example of a comparison problem for you to try.

Between the three of us, he is the better diver.

  1. Between the three of us, he is the better diver.
  2. Among the three of us, he is the better diver.
  3. Between the three of us, he is the best diver.
  4. Among the three of us, he is the best diver.
  5. Among the two of us, he is the better diver.

Try this yourself before reading the explanation below

Explanation

We can tell that this is a comparison question because it includes the words "between" and "amongs" in the answers.

Remember, we use "between" for 2 people or things, and "among/amongst" for 3 or more.

So we can eliminate A, C and E immediately for the improper use of between and among.

In B, if there are "3 people", then we must use the superlative "best", not "better".

The correct answer is D, because we have 3 people, so we use "among" and "best".

Next page: Another comparison example

Comments (2):

  1. joy_live on 11 Feb 2011 (permalink)
  2. Thanks for the links joy_live, they are both good resources.

    However they both agree that 'among' is correct in this case. The 'three of us' is a group of people and as the Chicago Manual of Style says, 'If you are talking about a group of people, you also use “among”'.

    Therefore D is the correct answer in this case

    joel on 15 Feb 2011 (permalink)

You must log in or register to add a comment.