I want to write a sentence

'There is a large gap in the background between/among students'.

I am struggling to figure out the correct answer, even though I looked at similar questions. On one hand I think the answer should be among, because there are many students. But on the other hand, the way I'm thinking about this is kinda like I take two students at a time and compare and conclude there is a large gap, so maybe it should be between? I'm getting rather confused with this. Any clarification would be appreciated! Thank you!

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    It's not clear what you are trying to say. Do you mean that students come from a wide range of different family backgrounds? Oct 26, 2021 at 10:38

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If you are saying there is a large gap, that can mean there is only one. A single gap can only be between two things.

If you mean to say that there is a single gap between two specific students, you could say:

There is a large gap between (these) two students.

If you mean that there are multiple gaps between all the students, you could say:

There are large gaps between the students.

"Among" doesn't sound appropriate however many gaps or students you are talking about. Something 'among' items is surrounded by them.

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