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between

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[bɪˈtwi:n] [bɪˈtwin]

prep.在…之间;私下,暗中;在…中任择其一;来往于…之间

adv.当中,中间

常用短语

  1. go between

    调停,做中间人

  2. between and

    在……和……之间

场景例句

  1. We ate a pizza between us.

    我们合吃了一张比萨饼。

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  2. It was true love between them.

    他们是真心相爱。

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  3. I sat down between Jo and Diana.

    我在乔和黛安娜中间坐下。

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近义词

同义词辨析

  • 以下词都有“在……之间,在……之中”的意思,区别是:
  • among 指三者或三者以上的同类事物之间。

    between 多指两者之间,但现代英语中也可指三者或三者以上,表示彼此间清楚的独立的个体关系。

    amid 正式用词,侧重指在某个地方的中间或被某个东西包围着或在非同类人中间。

    amongst与among同义,是among的变体。一般说来among总能替代amongst,而amongst则不然。

    词根: -tw-
  1. twin [twɪn] n. 双胞胎中的一人;一对相似的事物之一 adj. 孪生的;双胞胎之一的;双生的;成双的;双重的 v. 使结成姐妹城市;使耦合;成对;生双胞胎

    twin: -tw-二 + -in 名词或形容词后缀 → 成双的,成对的 → 后用于指双胞胎

  2. twine [twaɪn] n. (两股或多股的)线,绳 v. 使缠绕;(植物)盘绕;交织

    twine: -tw-成双 → 引申词义双股线,合股线,线,绳等 + -ine 名词或动词后缀

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between 在中间

前缀be-,强调。tween,二,词源同two.

between (prep., adv.)

Old English betweonum, Mercian betwinum, "in the space which separates, midway, in the midst, among; by turns," from bi- "by" (see by) + tweonum dative plural of *tweon "two each" (compare Gothic tweih-nai "two each;" from PIE root *dwo- "two").

Between is literally applicable only to two objects; but it may be and commonly is used of more than two where they are spoken of distributively, or so that they can be thought of as divided into two parts or categories, or with reference to the action or being of each individually as compared with that of any other or all the others. When more than two objects are spoken of collectively or in divisibly, among is the proper word. [Century Dictionary]

In all senses, between has been from its earliest appearance, extended to more than two. [OED]

Between a rock and a hard place "caught in a dilemma, in a difficult situation" is from 1940s, originally cowboy slang (earlier was between the beetle (hammer) and the block, late 19c.). Between-whiles "at intervals" is from 1670s. 

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