To eavesdrop means you secretly listen to the conversations of others. Some types of people are very good at eavesdropping. Nosy people, people who like to gossip and spies are all good eavesdroppers. The only difference among my examples is that spies get paid and could get killed for getting an earful.

Why does it use 'among', not 'between' when there only be two items (nosy people and spies)?


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You can use either, but among is generally used to refer to more than two items or persons. Examples of standard practice:

We shared the prize money among the five contestants.

There are more differences between a banana and a plantain than many people realize.

You will still find many people who use between with more than two participants.


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