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The Grammar Guru

Perched on the "addressing" bough, the owl cleared his throat. Everyone came to attention. "Why," said the owl, "is it lemon-lime, not lime-lemon? Who peeled the first banana? Told the first joke "

Twenty minutes later, the owl was still yakking and the hyena whispered to the hedgehog, "Between you and me, this guy is a pain in the neck. Who cares about these things? I just want to get some good laughs today."

The hedgehog nodded.

At this point, the owl screeched, "Excuse me, you two! Would you like to address the group?!" Both "H's" put their heads down. Delighting in his power, the owl hooted, "Do you mean that, between the two of you, you can't come up with something to say?!"

"You made your point," said the hyena, quietly.

"What did you say?" cried the owl. "I can't hear you!"

This didn't go down well among the others, who were soon all hollering at the owl to stop hooting! Then it began to rain and the gathering dissolved, as gatherings tend to do when it gets wet.

Remember: between -- only deals with two: between a rock and a hard place, between this and that, between Mickey and Molly.

Among -- deals with more than two: among the crooks and politicians, etc.



1) There was a deep respect (between/among) Sherlock Holmes and Watson.

2) (Among/Between) all the ballpoint pens, Ronald favored those with blue ink.

3) "If any of you get (between/among) Romeo and me," Juliette warned everyone around her, "you'll be sorry."



1) between (Actually, Sherlock didn't think much of Watson, who didn't think much, period.)

2) Among (You can take that to the bank.)

3) between (Juliette actually had a big mouth, but Shakespeare decided to play that down.)