I uploaded my writing somewhere and a person in the comment section said "from among" is a strange English phrase. I had written something along this line:

The algorithm selects the vehicle's velocity from among a set of discrete values.

Is that really strange? I am not sure if the reader was native speaker of English so I am wondering if it is bad English?

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    The first time I read it, I thought it sounded totally fine. I feel like I've heard it many times before. I've probably said it. Now that I look at it closely and think about it, it seems insane. What's the point of the word among? Thank you for bringing this up.
    – cruthers
    Dec 4, 2021 at 17:33
  • from a set of discrete values is enough; from among is redundant.
    – Lambie
    Dec 4, 2021 at 18:56

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It doesn't sound wrong to me, but it may be simpler to omit among.

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