Grandma's Tales

March 16, 2007

Grammar – 31 – Between you AND me 2

Filed under: Language — Geeta Padmanabhan @ 9:08 pm

This is just a recap of why you cannot write: The court order says you cannot fire crackers between 10 pm to (and) 6 am.
“Between” shows a more or less middle position. To be in the middle or thereabouts, you need boundary markers. Otherwise, what is “middle”?
So, you can only be in the middle of “this” and “this”. You can’t be in the middle of “each”. Or “every”. Both are singular.
If you say “between 2 or 4 kms”, you are choosing 2 or 4, just one number and say the thing is in (between) that number. To be in 2 or 4, your subject has to be a spirit – good or bad.
If you say “between 2 to 4”, you talk about the period or distance between the two numbers. “To” shows passage or movement. Motion cannot have a middle position. It is not static.
If you are not using the word “and”, see that the noun or pronoun that follows “between” is a plural. There have to be two (or more) definite fence-posts for anything to be in between.
Either it is “between you and me” OR “between us“.


  1. You say: “Either it is “between you and me” OR “between us“.”

    I think it should be: It is either “between you and me” or “between us”. 🙂

    Comment by Shefaly — April 26, 2007 @ 11:27 pm | Reply

  2. Should the last sentence not be “It is either ‘between you and me’ or ‘between us’.”?

    Comment by Shefaly — April 27, 2007 @ 1:05 am | Reply

  3. Hi Shefaly, thanks for stopping by. In my sentence, the word “it” stands for “the phrase”. Substitute your “it” with “the phrase” and you will know why I framed the sentence the way I did. If you place the “it” in the beginning, it will imply you are talking about another phrase, not about the phrases mentioned in this sentence.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — April 27, 2007 @ 9:23 pm | Reply

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