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Can we say ´I study between 2 and 3 ´ instead ´from 2 to 3 ´ ? or which one is more commonly used?

13 Nov 2012      


BAD: Children between three to five go to kindergarten.
GOOD: Children between three and five go to kindergarten.
BAD: Between June 1987 to March 1990 I was in France.
GOOD: From June 1987 to March 1990 I was in France.
BAD: It will take them between six to eight weeks to finish it.
GOOD: It will take them between six and eight weeks to finish it.
Use between ... and or from ... to (NOT between ... to ).

If something happens between or in between two times or events, it happens after the first time or event and before the second one.
The canal was built between 1793 and 1797...

in the period of time that separates two days, years, events, etc.: It’s cheaper between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m.  Don’t eat between meals.  Children must attend school between the ages of 5 and 16.  Many changes took place between the two world wars.

We should arrive between 9 and 10 o ´clock.

Since studying from 2 to three sounds like a non-stop process using between doesn ´t sound OK.

13 Nov 2012     

United States

serzt is right that "from 2 to 3" indicates that the entire time is used for studying, while "between 2 and 3" could be the entire time, or any portion of that hour, so both are correct, but they are not exactly the same.

13 Nov 2012