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Correct or Not?


Correct or Not?
The negotiations between Brazil, Argentina and Chile are going well.

13 Sep 2017      

United States

You ´ll hear that in casual American English, even though technically you should use among instead of between. 

13 Sep 2017     

United Kingdom

Yes, it ´s fine. As MM points out, in theory ´between ´ implies two entities, but nobody knows that nowadays. And ´among ´ doesn ´t sound right, anyway. 

14 Sep 2017     

United Kingdom

There really should be no problem using between when referring to more than two individual items in specific contexts. It´s a fallacy – based on nothing more than its etymology – that it can only be used with two entities. In the entry for between, Merriam-Webster´s Dictionary of English Usage notes that "the unfounded notion that ´between´ can be used of only two items persists, most perniciously, perhaps, in schoolbooks". And in its entry for the same word, the authoritative Oxford English Dictionary (OED) observes:

In all senses, ´between´ has been, from its earliest appearance, extended to more than two. ...It is still the only word available to express the relation of a thing to many surrounding things severally and individually, ´among´ expressing a relation to them collectively and vaguely: we should not say ‘the space lying among the three points,’ or ‘a treaty among three powers,’ or ‘the choice lies among the three candidates in the select list,’ or ‘to insert a needle among the closed petals of a flower’.


14 Sep 2017     


Between is perfectly ok.
You can find good explanations here:

14 Sep 2017     

United States

And then there is also the whole Oxford (serial) comma discussion to consider.
(I am a devout Oxford Comma guy. )
 The negotiations between Brazil, Argentina, and Chile are going well. :)

15 Sep 2017