‘Among' vs 'Amongst' What's the Difference?

By Shanea Patterson, updated on December 29, 2022

Should you use ‘among’ or ‘amongst’? And What’s the difference between the two words? We’ll answer that in this article, plus teach you how to use both in a sentence correctly.

The quick answer is that ‘among’ and ‘amongst’ are both prepositions, and they both mean ‘in the company of’ or ‘surrounded by.’ These words can be used interchangeably. ‘Among’ is most commonly accepted and preferred.

‘Among’ vs. ‘Amongst’ – What’s the Difference?

As you just learned, these words both mean the same thing. They’re both prepositions, and they both mean ‘in the company of’ or ‘surrounded by.’ They can be used interchangeably. However, the most commonly accepted version of the word is spelled without the ‘st’ at the end.

‘Among’ vs. ‘Amongst’ – Main Differences and When to Use Each

You can use ‘among’ and ‘amongst’ at your discretion. Although, you might come across the latter a lot more in your everyday life.

Definition and Meaning of ‘Among’ and ‘Amongst’

The Merriam-Webster definition of both words is: “in or through the midst of: surrounded by,” “in company or association with,” “by or through the aggregate of,” “in the number or class of,” “in shares to each of,” “through the reciprocal acts of,” and “through the joint action of.”

A few synonyms of the words include:

  • Amid
  • Midst
  • Amidst
  • Through
  • Mid

How to Use 'Among' vs 'Amongst' in a Sentence

Now that you know what they mean let’s look at how to use these words in a sentence correctly.

  • Who among us is perfect?
  • There were only six among us that hadn’t had a drink.
  • Among those who lent me money, only three expected to be paid back.
  • Not one person came to my aid amongst all of the people in the room.
  • He was the only trainer available amongst all the trainers in the gym.
  • Amongst all my wishes, I only really want one thing – a diamond necklace.

Remember, these words can be used interchangeably, so you can swap out one for the other in any of these sentences (or any you create on your own).

Concluding Thoughts on ‘Among’ vs. ‘Amongst’

Now that you know that these words can be used interchangeably in your writing and that they mean the exact same thing, you can start using both words in your writing effortlessly. Use the above examples as a guide.

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Written By:
Shanea Patterson
Shanea Patterson is a writer based in New York and loves writing for brands big and small. She has a master's degree in professional writing from New York University and a bachelor's degree in English from Mercy College.

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