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Do you say concordance of A and B, concordance of A with B, concordance between A and B, or something else?

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According to this Google NGram, all of them are used but concordance of is most common:

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However, this provided me with an originally false conclusion: the uses of concordance of refer to the use of concordance as an index, rather than "an agreement". Looking into the actual results in Google Books of "concordance of", the other definition of concordance is being used. Thus, in order to express "agreement", use concordance between as in "there was an agreement between A and B".

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Thanks!! This is great. I did some google search, and sometimes "concordance of" is used like this: "concordance of Shakespeare's works." Is there a way to narrow the ngram to only consider sentence structures like "concordance of A and B"? Maybe I'm using the word incorrectly? – Neil G Aug 19 '11 at 23:46
But many of those instance of concordance of probably represent the other meaning, as in a concordance of Shakespeare, Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, etc. I suspect that concordance between is the most common form in the sense ‘agreement’. – Brian M. Scott Aug 19 '11 at 23:47
@Neil: I'm not sure if you can search NGrams that specifically, but you can go into the Google Books and search just as you would normally. For example, I searched "concordance of" here – simchona Aug 19 '11 at 23:49
@Brian Ah, you're very right. Let me do some more research. – simchona Aug 19 '11 at 23:51

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