Between vs The - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between between and the

is that between is a kind of needle, shorter than a sharp, with a small rounded eye, used for making fine stitches on heavy fabrics while the is tea (variant of : ).

As a preposition between

is in the position or interval that separates (two things), or intermediate in quantity or degree (see the usage notes below).



Alternative forms

* betweene (archaic) * betwene (archaic) * (abbreviation)


(English prepositions)
  • In the position or interval that separates (two things), or intermediate in quantity or degree. (See the Usage notes below.)
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  • *
  • *:Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language, he expressed the important words by an initial, a medial, or a final consonant, and made scratches for all the words between ; his clerks, however, understood him very well.
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  • Done together or reciprocally.
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  • Shared in confidence.
  • :
  • In transit from (one to the other, or connecting places).
  • :
  • Combined (by effort or ownership).
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  • :
  • One of (representing a choice).
  • :
  • :
  • Usage notes

    * Some groups of non-native speakers confuse between'' and ''among''. It is sometimes said that ''between'' usually applies to two things, while ''among'' applies to more than two things. This is not correct; according to the Oxford English Dictionary (quoted at "In all senses, ''between'' has been, from its earliest appearance, extended to more than two. In OE. and ME. it was so extended in sense 1, in which ''among'' is now considered better. It is still the only word available to express the relation of a thing to many surrounding things severally and individually, ''among expressing a relation to them collectively and vaguely: we should not say ‘the space lying among the three points,’ or ‘a treaty among three powers,’ or ‘the choice lies among the three candidates in the select list,’ or ‘to insert a needle among the closed petals of a flower".


    * atween (archaic) * atwix

    Derived terms

    * (between)

    See also

    * betwixt * among


    (en noun)
  • A kind of needle, shorter than a sharp, with a small rounded eye, used for making fine stitches on heavy fabrics.
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    Alternative forms

    * e (archaic): variant spelling of the . * (archaic) * da, teh, le (informal) * t' (Northern England)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl), from (etyl) .


  • I’m reading the''' book.'' (Compare ''I’m reading '''a book. )
    The''' street in front of your house.'' (Compare '''''A street in Paris. )
    The''' men and women watched '''the''' man give '''the''' birdseed to '''the bird.
  • Used before an object considered to be unique, or of which there is only one at a time.
  • No one knows how many galaxies there are in the universe.
    God save the Queen!
  • That apple pie was the best.
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  • Stern and God-fearing, the Afrikaner takes his religion seriously.
  • Feed the''' hungry, clothe '''the''' naked, comfort '''the''' afflicted, and afflict '''the comfortable.
  • Used to indicate a certain example of (a noun) which is most usually of concern, or most common or familiar.
  • No one in the whole country had seen it before.
    I don't think I'll get to it until the morning.
  • A stone hit him on the head. (= “A stone hit him on his head.”)
  • That is'' the ''hospital to go to for heart surgery.
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    Usage notes
    The word the precedes proper nouns in a number of cases, although most proper nouns use no article. There are always exceptions. See also for more information. ; Countries ** As a general rule, country names are not preceded by the . There are a few exceptions, most of which are pluralised: * The Netherlands * The Bahamas * The Solomon Islands * The Maldives * The Seychelles * The Philippines * The Yemen (can also be used without an article) * The Sudan (can also be used without an article) * The Ukraine (article dropped since 1991) * The Lebanon (usually used without the article) ** Names of countries containing specifications like kingdom', '''republic etc are used with ''the : * The United States * The United Kingdom * The United Arab Emirates * The Czech Republic ; Place names ** Some place names use a definite article * All oceans (The Atlantic Ocean, The Pacific Ocean) * All seas (The Red Sea, The Bering Sea, The Caribbean Sea), and straits (The Strait of Magellan, the Bering Strait, The Bosphorus) * All rivers (The Amazon, The Nile, The Mississippi, The Seine, The Yangtze), canals (The Panama Canal, The Suez Canal) and deltas (The Nile Delta, The Orinoco Delta, The Colorado River Delta) * All art galleries (The Tate, The Louvre, The Smithsonian American Art Museum), all museums with the word museum in the name (The National Museum of Natural History, The British Museums) * Most English-language newspapers (The New York Times, The Guardian, The Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal) ; Bands ** Musical bands with a plural name are generally used with the : * The Beatles * The Rolling Stones ; Universities ** University names beginning with the word "University", and some other university names, are used with the : * The University of North Carolina * The Ohio State University * When used before an adjective which is not followed by a noun, it may refer to a group of people for which the adjective is appropriate: ** the Scottish = Scots ** the rich = rich people (considered as a group)
    Derived terms
    * nevertheless * nonetheless * the heck * the hell * the man * the one

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl), from (etyl) .


  • With a comparative or more and a verb phrase, establishes a parallel with one or more other such comparatives.
  • The''' hotter, '''the better.
    The''' more I think about it, '''the weaker it looks.
    The''' more money donated, '''the''' more books purchased, and '''the more happy children.
    It looks weaker and weaker, the more I think about it.
  • It was a difficult time, but I’m the wiser for it.
    It was a difficult time, and I’m none the wiser for it.
    I'm much the wiser for having had a difficult time like that.

    See also

    * a * an * (slang) da * (slang) de * t’ * that * this *