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Which sentence is correct?

  1. ...where successful people are giving lectures and people could exchange knowledge among themselves.
  2. ...where successful people are giving lectures and people could exchange knowledge among them.
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In this sentence, them would exclude the subject (people), so you probably mean themselves. –  Cerberus Apr 23 '13 at 20:08
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Yes, a reflexive object must be used only when there is a coreferential subject. In He shot himself subject and object are the same, but in He shot him they're not. –  John Lawler Apr 23 '13 at 20:11
    
thanks @JohnLawler and Cerberus –  John Brunner Apr 23 '13 at 20:24

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I would suggest that neither ending is needed. Isn't it sufficient to say:

...where successful people are giving lectures and people could exchange knowledge.

I don't think among them/selves adds anything useful. Who else would they be exchanging knowledge with? People that weren't there?!

But if you must have an ending, what about:

...where successful people are giving lectures and people could exchange knowledge with each other.

As an aside, I think I would have said amongst themselves if using those words.

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While I agree with TrevorD that the better answer is to leave off the preposition entirely, it's worth pointing out that "amoung them" is particularly incorrect. The meaning would read as follows:

... where successful people are giving lectures and [other] people could exchange knowledge among them.

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People can't share anything among themselves.

Consider:

  • I can't give anything to myself.

  • We can't give anything to ourselves.

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Sorry but this is actually wrong. "We gave ourselves a pat on the back for a job well done." (Metaphorical, probably, but definitely possible) –  Andrew Leach May 12 '13 at 19:35

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