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Using 'Between/Amid' As 'While' Options
Tella
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 10:16:18 AM
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I'm trying to figure out whether it is possible to use 'between/amid' as particles of simultaneity, as follows:

1. "The medicine is in the cupboard." said mother (from) between her coughing.
2. "The medicine is in the cupboard." said mother amid her coughings/coughs.

Note: I am not fumbling for ways to say "while" as I have plenty enough. All I want to know is whether the above forms are possible. Thanks :D

FounDit
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 10:33:11 AM

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Tella wrote:
I'm trying to figure out whether it is possible to use 'between/amid' as particles of simultaneity, as follows:

1. "The medicine is in the cupboard." said mother (from) between her coughing.
"Between" will work here, but I would write it as:
"The medicine is in the cupboard." said mother between her coughs.

2. "The medicine is in the cupboard." said mother amid her coughs.
This works also, but I'd use "coughs".

Note: I am not fumbling for ways to say "while" as I have plenty enough. All I want to know is whether the above forms are possible. Thanks :D



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NKM
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 11:45:27 AM

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"Amid" would be very unusual for this purpose.

And just "between coughs" would sound more natural, at least to me.
Romany
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 12:20:57 PM
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Agree, NK: when was the last time a native speaker said "amid"?

I feel "between coughs" represents more realistically what would be said.

If "coughing" is wanted I'd say "between bouts of coughing."
Tella
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 6:56:57 PM
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I reckon that settles it, then.

Thank you for the answer :D Between + noun it is.
georgew
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 7:10:02 PM
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Tella wrote:
I'm trying to figure out whether it is possible to use 'between/amid' as particles of simultaneity, as follows:

1. "The medicine is in the cupboard." said mother (from) between her coughing.
2. "The medicine is in the cupboard." said mother amid her coughings/coughs.

Note: I am not fumbling for ways to say "while" as I have plenty enough. All I want to know is whether the above forms are possible. Thanks :D


"Between" and "amid" may be used to describe a temporal or physical place relative to discrete, not continuous/ongoing, events. Therefore, "coughs" works better than "coughing."
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