How to use "between...and..." correctly

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When the preposition between is followed by two separate nouns or pronouns, it should be used with the conjunction and, not with the conjunction or or with any other connecting expression:

a choice between chocolate or vanilla
a choice between chocolate as well as vanilla

a choice between chocolate and vanilla

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