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Which phrase is correct, please?

(7 Posts)
SadCatlady Tue 25-Aug-09 21:39:00

Among the trees

or

Amongst the trees?

Thanks in advance smile

hester Tue 25-Aug-09 21:53:55

I nearly wrote an answer and then had an attack of nerves that I might get it wrong and to judged an imperfect pedant! So bumping for you and really looking forward to some informed replies.

SadCatlady Tue 25-Aug-09 22:58:17

grin hester... Bump... Pedants, where are you all tonight?

ttalloo Tue 25-Aug-09 23:09:45

You can use both - it's a matter of style rather than correct usage. Amongst is more old-fashioned and I think that newspaper style guides, for example, tend to ban it in favour of among. Myself, I prefer to use "among"......

paisleyleaf Tue 25-Aug-09 23:11:13

I think you can use whichever you prefer.
Is it that we're in the process of dropping the 'st' off words like amongst and whilst?
But during this time either is fine.

SadCatlady Tue 25-Aug-09 23:17:10

Ah. It's for an heirloom project. I think if both are correct then I shall plump for "amongst" as it has more of the oldyworldy about it.

Thanks!

hester Wed 26-Aug-09 21:15:42

Phew, I'm so glad I didn't advance my (incorrect) theory!

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