• There's a misunderstanding (in) between us.

Is it natural with in or without? In which case should we add in?

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    I would naturally say "there's a misunderstanding between us." You might like to read this previous English StackExchange question. Aug 28 '17 at 17:57
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    in between is used only with nouns and pronouns whose referents exist in the physical world and have physical dimension. us is conceptual, so not "in between". Put the book on birds in between the one on flowers and the one on bees. Aug 28 '17 at 19:20
  • I can't understand who downvoted this question. Now everyone knows if they can use in between with abstract and non-physical objects. Aug 29 '17 at 6:27

You can use in between when referring to something physical:

There is a puddle in between us.

But when referring to something intangible or metaphorical, stick with between:

There is some tension between us.

Note that, in the first case, the in is optional; one could just as well say:

There is a puddle between us.

However, the in reads awkwardly when talking about something more abstract, and should therefore be omitted:

We have a disagreement in between us.

Note: American English; other dialects may treat this differently

  • Okay, so in between doesn't work with non-physical entities and generally can omitted? Thanks! Aug 29 '17 at 6:26

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