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Mary had her head buried ostrich-style in her drawer, choosing from/among/between her few date-worthy clothes.

What's the correct preposition(s) and why?

This is the source of my confusion:

from 1 Google result.

among 1 Google result.

between 0 Google results.

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I don't think any of them sound good, because I don't think you're using the right verb here.

You don't choose while your head is buried like an ostrich – you search. You scavange, you hunt, you scrounge. Then, ultimately, you choose from among your findings – but not while your head is still in the drawer.

Mary had her head buried ostrich-style in her drawer, scouring for a few date-worthy clothes.

However, if you insist on choosing, you don't need any preposition at all:

Mary had her head buried ostrich-style in her drawer, choosing a few date-worthy clothes.

  • Choosing a few changes the sense, though. The original has a few items to choose from, not to gather. – Lawrence Dec 9 '17 at 4:20
  • @Lawrence - I guess it all depends on how chock full of options one might envision that drawer to be. – J.R. Dec 11 '17 at 17:26

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