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Among vs. Along

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Amongpreposition

Denotes a mingling or intermixing with distinct or separable objects. (See Usage Note at amidst)

‘How can you speak with authority about their customs when you have never lived among them?’;

Alongpreposition

By the length of; in a line with the length of; lengthwise next to.

Amongpreposition

Denotes a belonging of a person or a thing to a group.

‘He is among the few who completely understand the subject.’;

Alongpreposition

In a line with, with a progressive motion on; onward on; forward on.

Amongpreposition

Denotes a sharing of a common feature in a group.

‘Lactose intolerance is common among people of Asian heritage.’;

Alongadverb

In company; together.

‘John played the piano and everyone sang along.’;

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Amongpreposition

Mixed or mingled; surrounded by.

‘They heard,And from his presence hid themselves amongThe thickest trees.’;

Alongadverb

Onward, forward, with progressive action.

‘Don't stop here. Just move along.’;

Amongpreposition

Conjoined, or associated with, or making part of the number of; in the number or class of.

‘Blessed art thou among women.’;

Alongadverb

By the length; in a line with the length; lengthwise.

‘Some laid along . . . on spokes of wheels are hung.’;

Amongpreposition

Expressing a relation of dispersion, distribution, etc.; also, a relation of reciprocal action.

‘What news among the merchants?’; ‘Human sacrifices were practiced among them.’; ‘Divide that gold amongst you.’; ‘Whether they quarreled among themselves, or with their neighbors.’;

Alongadverb

In a line, or with a progressive motion; onward; forward.

‘We will go along by the king's highway.’; ‘He struck with his o'ertaking wings,And chased us south along.’;

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Amongpreposition

situated more or less centrally in relation to (several other things)

‘you're among friends’; ‘flowers hidden among the roots of the trees’;

Alongadverb

In company; together.

‘He to England shall along with you.’;

Amongpreposition

being a member or members of (a larger set)

‘snakes are among the animals most feared by man’; ‘a British woman was among the 54 victims of the disaster’;

Alongpreposition

By the length of, as distinguished from across.

‘The kine . . . went along the highway.’;

Amongpreposition

occurring in or shared by (some members of a group or community)

‘members of the government bickered among themselves’; ‘a drop in tooth decay among children’;

Along

Now heard only in the prep. phrase along of.

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Amongpreposition

indicating a division, choice, or differentiation involving three or more participants

‘the State Council would elect a temporary president from among its members’; ‘the old king called the three princesses to divide his kingdom among them’;

Alongadverb

with a forward motion;

‘we drove along admiring the view’; ‘the horse trotted along at a steady pace’; ‘the circus traveled on to the next city’; ‘move along’; ‘march on’;

Alongadverb

in accompaniment or as a companion;

‘his little sister came along to the movies’; ‘I brought my camera along’; ‘working along with his father’;

Alongadverb

to a more advanced state;

‘the work is moving along’; ‘well along in their research’; ‘hurrying their education along’; ‘getting along in years’;

Alongadverb

in addition (usually followed by `with');

‘we sent them food and some clothing went along in the package’; ‘along with the package came a bill’; ‘consider the advantages along with the disadvantages’;

Alongadverb

in line with a length or direction (often followed by `by' or `beside');

‘pass the word along’; ‘ran along beside me’; ‘cottages along by the river’;

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