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To me,中间could also means between(no more than 2) while it could also mean Among if you are talking about more than 2 objects. Like 我和他中间 is perfectly fine to use. But 中间 seems to emphasize on "right in the center between two objects". while 之间 just says "anywhere between two objets".


I think there's a couple more important distinctions. 中间 is used for when talking about the physical location being in the center/between. ie. You would say: 箱子的中间有个人。 之间 is used when abstract things are in the center/between. This applies to things like numbers. ie. You would say: 我们之间没有爱。 Here's a specific example of how the two words have ...

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