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So, according to this grammar, "go between A and B" is incorrect?

Usages 2 and 3 are metaphorical motion (but 4 isn't, that's what distinguishes 3 and 4, but I have some doubts about that), as George Lakoff would say. However, you are right, it does not seem to include the endpoints.

It is interesting that one can say 'from A to B' or 'from B to A' but there is no way to indicate going from one point to the other while leaving the direction ambiguous. This is why oriented manifolds are an easier concept to grasp than unoriented ones (and the integers an easier concept to grasp than parity).

I'll stop now.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 31st, 2006 at 11:53:08 AM EST
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