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__ English, Hindi & French, I like English the most.

OALD definition of between doesn't list anything that would make me choose this word for this sentence.

3rd point of among lists that it's used when you are dividing or choosing something, and three or more people or things are involved.

So I guess we can use among in the above sentence. But I am not sure. I feel between suits better here. don't know why.

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I think between fits better. That's because here we are talking about three languages that represent themselves individually and equally and NOT collectively. Still, let native speakers put light on this topic.

Between English, Hindi and French, I like English the most. (use 'and' over '&').

This article will help you learn the finer nuance.

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The excellent article you cite explains it with this bullet, I think: Use between before a series of singular nouns or pronouns. The samples there seems to run parallel with the O.P.'s example sentence. –  J.R. Feb 27 at 10:11
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Another expression that would fit in the blank is "Out of": Out of English, Hindi, and French, I like English the most. –  Hellion Feb 27 at 18:04

Between is used when there are two items, persons, etc., you are referring to, while among is used when there are more than two.

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It's not exactly! A partnership between Yahoo!, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and Google! –  Maulik V Feb 27 at 7:14
    
Yes, you are right, it is not strictly. It's just a general rule, which can have exceptions. –  Lucian Sava Feb 27 at 7:18
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There's some interesting reading over on ELU about between vs. among. –  J.R. Feb 27 at 10:05
    
There's only one partnership. If there were more than one thing being related, you would use among "There were many deals made among Google, Apple, and Intel." –  ColleenV Sep 13 at 20:21

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