How to distinguish between "amidst" and "amid"

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Is there any subtle difference between the words "amidst" and "amid"?

I find it hard to distinguish their usage.

 

Is there any clear guideline?

Likewise for the words "among" and "amongst"?

 

Is the word "amidst" and "amid" always used for uncountable noun;

and the word "among" and "amongst" for countable noun?

 

Thanks.

edited Jul 03 '12 at 13:57 Elijah New member

This question was answered by Mr. Jeff —an expert on my thread. I have copied it and pasted it on the answer forum.

sanjayJul 03 '12 at 16:25

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