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    Default In Between Bites

    Hi, how are you?

    [1] I couldn't help looking at her between bites.
    [2] I couldn't help looking at her in between bites.

    What is the nuance of the two phrases? To me, a non-native speaker, [2] sounds more like "I" took a longer period between the bites.

    Hiro/ Sendai, Japan

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    Default Re: In Between Bites

    Quote Originally Posted by HSS View Post
    Hi, how are you?

    [1] I couldn't help looking at her between bites.
    [2] I couldn't help looking at her in between bites.

    What is the nuance of the two phrases? To me, a non-native speaker, [2] sounds more like "I" took a longer period between the bites.

    Hiro/ Sendai, Japan

    Hi Hiro,

    You have a very good question!

    Example #1 doesn't sound very natural to me. It's ambiguous, it could be interpreted that the subject of the sentence is biting the woman.


    Example #2 is better, it's clear that the subject is not biting the woman.


    I hope that helps.


    Matthew Balson
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    Default Re: In Between Bites

    Thanks, Matthew.

    Just wondering ... doesn't #1 sound like 'I' looked at her continuously throughout between 'my bites' whereas #2 in some length of time or at some point after 'my bites' and before the next?

    Many thanks in advance.

    Hiro/ Sendai, Japan

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