How can I deliver the meaning of “within a specified range”?

I am writing a manual for user to use a web application.

One of the function requires user to key in the date, and then the number of weeks before that date, the number of weeks needs to be smaller than 52 weeks and greater than 25 weeks. But I think the phrase “smaller than 52 weeks and greater than 25 weeks” is a bit too clumsy, is the following OK?

Number of weeks for data retrieval is limited within 25 to 52 weeks.

I wonder if limited within or limited between is grammatically correct.

Answer

If I absolutely had to choose between these two alternatives, I would pick “limited between”, but generally speaking, I would go with “limited to”, as in:

The number of weeks for data retrieval is limited to 25–52.

(Notes: that’s an en dash, I’ve added a the, and I don’t repeat the word weeks.)

The British National Corpus does not have a single cite for “limited between” or “limited within”, but it has 1343 cites for “limited to”, including several cites for value ranges, e.g.:

  • […] limited to 1 to 1.5p on a pint of beer […]
  • […] limited to 15 to 18 per cent for a transitional period […]

It even has two cites for “limited to between” (but again, none for just “limited between”).

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Source : Link , Question Author : lokheart , Answer Author : RegDwigнt

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