# Thread: Between x to y

1. ## Between x to y

More than one announcer at a local, university-affiliated has started using the phrase "between x to y." This grates on my ear. I have always used "between x and y." Is the former grammatically correct?

2. ## Re: Between x to y

It might depend on context. Here is a line from the UCLA Visualization Portal:

By saying there is a knot here, we're suggesting that the relationship between x to y for x < 10 is different from the relationship for x > 10.

3. ## Re: Between x to y

"to" is probably used when talking about trajectories/trace-routes.

4. ## Re: Between x to y

"The relation between x to y ..." is incorrect in standard English.
I can't think of a good context for "between x to y", unless x can stand for two things.

5. ## Re: Between x to y

Originally Posted by Raymott
"The relation between x to y ..." is incorrect in standard English
I agree.
I can't think of a good context for "between x to y", unless x can stand for two things.
I can't think of an example for that. Can you?

6. ## Re: Between x to y

Originally Posted by fivejedjon
I can't think of a good context for "between x to y", unless x can stand for two things.

I can't think of an example for that. Can you?
Where x means two things? Yes.
I now live [in a small town] between Brisbane and Noosa. I'm moving to Sydney.
I'm moving from between Brisbane and Noosa to Sydney.
x = "Brisbane and Noosa"

"Move the painting from between these two windows to the other wall."

7. ## Re: Between x to y

If x and y have numerical values, it might not refer to any kind of extent. 'Let the water boil for between 1 to 2 minutes.' (The 'between' is redundant there, but it still might be said)..

b

8. ## Re: Between x to y

Originally Posted by BobK
If x and y have numerical values, it might not refer to any kind of extent. 'Let the water boil for between 1 to 2 minutes.' (The 'between' is redundant there, but it still might be said)..

b
This seems to be the only case in which it's used fairly commonly by native speakers. At least according to COCA.

9. ## Re: Between x to y

Phew! ('Things go better with COCA' as they say.)

b

10. ## Re: Between x to y

Thanks to all. I should have given the actual example which has been in forecasting future temperatures, i.e. "tomorrow's temperature will be between 75 to 80 degrees."

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