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Let us say you are buying something and talking with the seller behind the counter. How would you express your indecision between two items?

Is "Ich bin zwischen dem X und der Y" correct?

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You are missing the adjective:

"Ich bin unentschlossen zwischen X und Y."

Alternatively:

"Ich kann mich nicht zwischen X und Y entscheiden."

"Ich weiß nicht, ob ich X oder Y nehmen soll."

  • Alright. In English am pretty sure the "I am between X and Y" expression would be understood. Is this the case too with "Ich bin zwischen X und Y" in German? – Keine Apr 16 '15 at 16:26
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    Yes, it would be understood, but it's incorrect grammar. – Benjoyo Apr 16 '15 at 16:27
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    @keine... I'd actually say that someone who has no contact with English might not get what you mean unless there is a LOT of non verbal context. – Emanuel Apr 16 '15 at 18:08
  • If you are in the store in front of the counter it is pretty obvious. – Benjoyo Apr 16 '15 at 18:12
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    If you don't have the two items with you then I am pretty sure that some clerk in a small town might not know what you want and figure you're trying to talk about location. Obviously, we can't tell, I just want to strongly recommend AGAINST using the phrase just for convenience under the assumption that everybody gets it. – Emanuel Apr 16 '15 at 18:13
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Also possible:

"Ich schwanke zwischen X und Y."

  • Das ist mein Favorit! – Emanuel Apr 16 '15 at 18:07

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