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I googled it and got the following answer: Amid and amidst are two words meaning the same thing. The meaning of these words is in connection with position of the object, person or situation – in the middle. I still don't understand it.

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Both words are close synonyms.

In day to day usage, amid is popularly used.

However, when it comes to literary usage, amid and amidst are both used by the British English speakers without a problem. However, the American English speaker prefers the term amid to amidst. It is because amidst with its extra –st sound at the end, sounds more as a word straight out of a Shakespeare's drama

Examples of their usage:

He could move slowly amid the crowd.

The minister reached the place amidst tight security.

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