Which is correct and which is not?

  1. In June--July 1967, there were...
  2. Between June--July 1967, there were...
  3. Between June and July 1967, there were...

If I want to use "June--July 1967", how can I express?

  • A dash does not mean "and", so option 2 makes no sense. – RegDwigнt Sep 12 '14 at 14:19
  • In the June - July 1967 timeframe ... – Jim Sep 12 '14 at 15:08
  • Your vagueness makes your question hard to answer. There were what? – J.R. Sep 12 '14 at 15:49

You don't even say what you're trying to express. An approximate date? A few events within a given range? A set of inclusive dates?

For an approximate date, I would use around/or:

Around June or July of 1967, the storm hit.

For a few events within a range, I might use during/and (or perhaps between/and):

During June and July of 1967, it only rained five times.
Between June and July of 1967, it only rained five times.

To allude to the entire range of dates, I would suggest in/and:

In June and July of 1967, the weather was exceptionally hot.

For a longer range, I would use from/through:

From June through September of 1967, there was a severe drought.

Generally speaking, I would avoid using a dash. (Again, though, you haven't given us much to analyze). There are some contexts – like tombstones and journals – where dashes are appropriate.


Though the context is not clear, I would recommend referring to the dictionary meaning of Between. It fits in properly, if I assume your sentence is about a range or a shared/common aspect during June-July 1967.

 "BETWEEN is used to indicate a range or something that is shared or combined."

And again, why not "during".

June-July: To describe sequences of dates/weeks/months, use of a hyphen (with no spaces between the hyphen and the characters) instead of the word “to” or “through” appears to me as an acceptable writing norm.

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