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The verb confuse Is sometimes (but not always) followed by the word "between", which leaves me a bit... well, confused. Is there a difference in meaning between saying, for example, that an author (or an argument) "confused between A and B"(when A and B stand for different phenomena) and saying that they "confused A and B"? Is one of them stylistically superior to the other?

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    I never heard "confused between A and B," because we might confuse one thing for the other, but not between. Confused A and B works. Confused A & B is not the best idea, because the & pairs things closely right where you want to separate them. Ampersand fills in for and only in limited cases, not this one. – Yosef Baskin Jan 26 at 14:11
  • @YosefBaskin It seems entirely justified to say "between", as you say commonly enough "a confusion between A an B": google.com/… – LPH Jan 26 at 14:16
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As a native speaker of American English, I would say that someone "confused A with B."

I might also say, on the other hand, that "there was some confusion on [someone]'s part between A and B."

Notice that when I use between, it does not immediately follow the verb (or verb phrase) as in your example. That is because the word between, a preposition introducing a prepositional phrase, does not function well as a direct object. Instead, it functions as an adjective modifying the noun confusion.

If you want a direct object to follow the verb confused, my first example works better, being more concise.

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