sound so similar it can be easy to confuse them. They’re prepositions that both mean in the middle of or surrounded by. A preposition is a word that describes the relationship between two things in a sentence. The two words are interchangeable.
Grammatically, there’s no difference between the words amid
. The primary distinction lies in when and where people use these words. Speakers of British English tend to use both amid
. In contrast, speakers of American English tend to only use amid
, but will sometimes use admist
in literary writing or other formal contexts.
Here’s how amid
functions in a sentence: “John looked for his friend amid
the crowd”. This sentence means that John looked for his friend in the middle of the crowd. As a preposition, amid
describes the relationship between John’s friend and the crowd.
The word amidst
has the same meaning as amid
, and it functions in the very same way. The above sentence has the same meaning if we substitute admidst
: “John looked for his friend amidst
Among vs. Amid
are sometimes confused with among
means to mingle or mix with discrete objects. For example, “Bob is walking among
the trees.” In this example, Bob is walking, surrounded by trees, which are distinct and separate objects (countable objects). It’s incorrect (in terms of style) to say, “Bob is amid
is reserved for cases where something is in the middle of a single thing or an uncountable object. To illustrate the difference: “Bob walked among
the rain.” Essentially, among
means he’s surrounded by distinct trees (a countable noun), while amid
means he’s in the middle of the rain (an uncountable noun).
are both prepositions that meanin the middle of. You can use these words interchangeably. However,amidst
is more popular in British English or literary, formal writing. Amid
tends to be the preferred choice for American English.
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