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    Which of these is correct:
    1-He had blocked me against the wall. He had his arms on both sides of me.
    2-He had blocked me against the wall. He had his arms on either side of me.

    3-He had blocked me against the wall. He had an arm on both sides of me.
    4-He had blocked me against the wall. He had an arm on either side of me.

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    1. is ok.
    2. is not.
    3. looks awkward to me, but it might be ok.
    4. is not good.

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    3 looks very dubious.

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    Thanks Tdol.
    I guess that means the other ones are fine.

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    I don't think 2 and 4 are. If he has one or both arms on either side of you, that is, one side or the other, he would not block you, would he?

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    The problem is that "either" can mean "both".
    Check it out:

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/defi...&dict=CALD

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