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    Between or in between.

    If you have to choose "in between" or "between" two devils always choose the lesser one.

    Please check.

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    Re: Between or in between.

    Which one do you think is correct and why? We can't just keep giving you the answers, especially when you don't tell us why you're confused about choosing between two options.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Between or in between.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Which one do you think is correct and why? We can't just keep giving you the answers, especially when you don't tell us why you're confused about choosing between two options.
    I think "between" should be used but I am not sure. I don't know the reason but I think between is more natural than in between.
    Last edited by tufguy; 17-Dec-2016 at 07:03.

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    #4

    Re: Between or in between.

    Could you please help me?

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    #5

    Re: Between or in between.

    I'm not a teacher but I'm pretty sure that only "between" is correct here.

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    Re: Between or in between.

    If you're talking about making a choice with two options, use "between":

    I have to choose between red wine and white wine.
    You have to choose between Jim and Peter.
    We had to choose between a terrifying mountain climb and certain death.


    If you're talking about relative location, you can use either one:

    The bank is between the Post Office and the launderette
    The bank is in between the Post Office and the launderette.

    My house is between Jane's and Stephanie's.
    My house is in between Jane's and Stephanie's.


    If you're talking about relative time, you can use either:

    I am between jobs.
    I am in between jobs.

    I have to go food shopping between the school run and my dental appointment.
    I have to go food shopping in between the school run and my dental appointment.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: Between or in between.

    If you choose between two evils, you do choose one. In between is used for a space between the two, so you would be trying to avoid both, which doesn't go with your verb.
    Last edited by Tdol; 20-Dec-2016 at 07:13. Reason: devils -> evils

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    #8

    Re: Between or in between.

    We normally try to go for the lesser of two evils.

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    Re: Between or in between.

    There is the idiom "Better the devil you know than (the) one you don't (know)".
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    Re: Between or in between.

    One might be forced to choose the lesser of two weevils.

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