Among and between are both prepositions, which we’ll learn about this week in grammar.
How do you know when to say “among” and when to say “between”?
The only difference between these two prepositions is that
- Between is used when talking about TWO persons, places or things.
- Among is used when talking about THREE or more.
- “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring” (Genesis 3:15).
- “…and there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock” (Genesis 13:7).
- “And they heard the sound of יְהֹוָה God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of יְהֹוָה God among the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8).
- “Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom” (Genesis 13:12).
- Each day, have your students come up with example sentences for between and among.
- Look up the words between and among in a Strong’s concordance, to find all their uses in the Bible. Read the verses aloud. Do the usages of these words “sound right” to your ears?
- Fill a mason jar with small change or small candies, and place it in your home. When someone “catches” someone using these two words incorrectly, let them have a prize from the jar. (Be sure to teach them to be tactful with people outside your home. If they notice a grammar error, they should whisper it to Mom privately, never embarrassing others.)