Do in-between and between have different meanings?
What is the difference between in-between and between?

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Well, between all by itself acts as a preposition, but in between functions as an adverb.

preposition: I found myself caught between a rock and a hard place.

adverb: There was a rock and a hard place, and there I was lying in between.

  • In the second example, in seems associated to the verb, rather than to between, as in the solution lies in a return to "traditional family values".
    – apaderno
    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:49
  • @kiamlaluno: "in between" taken together is an adverb because it modifies the verb; your usage of "...lies in a return" uses in as a preposition.
    – Robusto
    Feb 13, 2011 at 11:48
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    When does one use a hyphen, as in in-between? I've seen this used quite often, but is it incorrect?
    – bernk
    Nov 4, 2013 at 14:33
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    In a compound modifier you would hyphenate it. "It was an in-between kind of thing." "Sally was an in-between girlfriend."
    – Robusto
    Nov 4, 2013 at 20:53
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    Between can be an adverb, and in between can function as a preposition.
    – Færd
    Jul 21, 2016 at 10:20

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