# Agreement Among Or Between

I was easily surprised to find that I apparently never wrote anything on this blog on which I should use, enter or below, if I list the parties to a contract, in the introductory clause or elsewhere. Heres what MSCD 2.46-48 has to say: the right phrase is “between you and me” – never “between you and me” — its something that confuses even native speakers! In modern English, it is perfectly acceptable to use between or between specific contexts if one refers to more than two participants. Is there a connection between his arrival and his disappearance? A written legal agreement between two people or companies that says what each should do or give for the other to start other flights between London and Crete in early April. (exact)- The traditionalist view is that “between” should only be used if there are only two objects to compare; and “under” or “under” should be used for more than two objects. Most style guides and dictionaries do not support this advisor and say that “between” can be used to refer to something that is in time, space or in the interval that separates more than two elements. M-W says the idea that only two elements can be used is “persistent but unfounded” and AHD4 calls it a “largely repeated but unjustified tradition.” The OED says: “In every sense, between its first appearance was extended to more than two.” Chambers says, “It is acceptable to use “in-between” in reference to more than two people or things,” although it is said that “in particular circumstances” may be more appropriate. a formal agreement, especially in the economy or politics There was a cyclist [PrepositionPhrase] between the car and the truck. “Between” was once reserved for situations where there were only two things or people who were related – “shared between a man and a woman” – and “under” added it when there were three or more: “shared between the parents.” The restriction of the use of between certainly left the room, and Gowers declared it in Complete Plain Words (1954) as “superstition”. It is not uncommon to use expressions that relate to more than two groups or reference points, such as in “a balance between reverence, quotation and one`s own critical commentary.” We can also combine, but not below, times or figures: “There is a consensus among shareholders that this approach should be adopted.” At other times, they may be between more than two points, groups or people, as in these sentences: “The grant is distributed among all institutions.” Many lawyers cling to grammatical rules of young people that would dictate agreements between two parties and between three or more parties.