I used to think that "between" is used for 2 things, objects, people and "among" is used for more than 2 things, objects, people. However, I found this article which says we can also use "between" for more than 2 things, people etc.

So my question is that: I have a number of processing devices which are independent, but they can also communicate with each other and share data (if needed). Which one should I use in this case:

Load balancing between/among devices

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According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary :

"There is a persistent but unfounded notion that between can be used only of two items and that among must be used for more than two. 

Between is especially appropriate to denote a one-to-one relationship, regardless of the number of items. 

Among is more appropriate where the emphasis is on distribution rather than individual relationships."

So, BETWEEN is the choice in your case.

The graph (though, from another point of view) also proves this choice.

  • Thanks, but there is an external element called coordinator which balances the load among/between these devices. So according to this fact, should I still use "between"?
    – Pablo
    Apr 26, 2019 at 10:35
  • Sure. It doesn't influence the choice.
    – user307254
    Apr 26, 2019 at 10:37

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