The preposition “between”- Meaning, and examples of using it in full sentences.

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Between- Meaning

“Between” can be used in various sentences as a preposition or an adverb. The preposition “between” means “in the time, space, or interval that separates.”

The place preposition “between” is used in expressing the location of a particular item. This item has something on both sides of it.

Examples of “Between” prepositions:

  • I’m sitting between Debbie and Janet. By saying this, you are telling the listeners that Debbie is on one side and Janet is on the other side of you.
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  • Another example, I am between jobs. By saying this, the speaker is telling the listener that they had a job earlier,  they don’t currently have one, but will have a job in the near future.

How to use the place preposition “between” in a full sentence

Simply put, the preposition “between” is used to describe an object that has other objects on both sides of it. Imagine books on a shelf, if there are 3 books, one of them is between the other two.

Here are a few examples commonly used in English: 

  • It’s not wise to eat between meals. 
  • One must choose between work and play. 
  • At lunch, I sat between two friends. 
  • Keep the secret between us. 

Remember, English uses 150 prepositions, but, don’t let this fact frighten you, learning a few common phrases, such as in, on, between, above, under, and besides will make you sound like a native English speaker. 

Examples of the place preposition “between”

  • Hungary is located between Romania and Austria. 
  • The teacher asked Sachi to sit between Tama and Nachi. 

“Between” or “In between” preposition, difference, and examples

“Between” prepositions can be used in several ways as a preposition or an adverb, but the confusion of using the preposition between vs. in between tends to arise often.

A simple tip to remember is when using the preposition “Between” vs “In between” is, the preposition “between” always has an object, whereas when between is used as a preposition but does not have a fixed object, it is more natural to use “in between”.

Examples: Between vs In between.

  • Riya sat between Stella and Rose in class.
  • Ryo instructed the interior designer to place the bed between the two nightstands.
  • I play badminton on Tuesdays, on Saturdays, and sometimes in between.
  • The doctor asked the patient to feel free to drop in between the hours of seven and ten o’clock.

Let’s practice 

Q1: Try and make your own sentence using the preposition “between”.

Q2: Is there anything between your house and your neighbor’s house? 

Q3: Do you like to sit in between your friends while watching a movie? Why or why not?

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