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I've come across the sentence

Ich stehe zwischen den zwei Autos

Google also gives me much more results when searching den zwei Autos than when searching for die zwei Autos.

I've also found lots of results for den zwei Hunden, den zwei Steinen etc.

Why is den used instead of die?

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The preposition zwischen governs dative, not accusative, when describing a position. It is accusative for a movement:

Sie stellt sich zwischen die Autos. Jetzt steht sie zwischen den Autos.

This is the same for similar prepositions such as in, auf, über.

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