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    #1

    What's the difference between "be caught between two stools" and...

    Hi guys! This is my question: What's the difference between "be caught between two stools" and "fall between two stools"?

    I think there is a slightly different meaning of them or isn't there?

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    #2

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    For me there is no difference between them.

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    Re: What's the difference between "be caught between two stools" and...

    Just a note to other learners, this idiom doesn't exist in AmE. The dictionary lists it as "chiefly British".

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    Re: What's the difference between "be caught between two stools" and...

    I've never heard either in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: What's the difference between "be caught between two stools" and...

    It's a useful idiom - but I've never heard of it before.

    When something "is neither fish nor fowl," it has fallen between two stools, I guess. (I've never understood the logic of that one, though. It could be a mammal, or plant, or reptile, or insect, or...)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What's the difference between "be caught between two stools" and...

    I only tend to hear and use, "to fall between two stools", rather than the other version.

    http://tinyurl.com/pzr3myh

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    Re: What's the difference between "be caught between two stools" and...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I've never heard either in BrE.
    I have.

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    According to this source, 'fall between two stools' is a common American idiom.

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    #9

    Re: What's the difference between "be caught between two stools" and...

    Rover, I only see that source as listing it as 'chiefly British'.

    Edit:Although, I guess the first two entries do cite the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs, and the American Heritage Dictionary.

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    Re: What's the difference between "be caught between two stools" and...

    I had never heard it before today. I can pretty much guarantee that it is not a common American idiom.

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