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    I’m reading an article ‘The signalman’ by Charles Dickens. I don’t understand these words in Italics which said by the railway signalman.

    I. ‘I looked all round the red light near the tunnel with my own red light, and I went up the iron ladder to the gallery atop of it, and I came down again, and ran back here. I telegraphed both ways. “ An alarm has been given. Is anything wrong?” The answer came back, both ways, “All well.” ’

    II. ‘If I telegraph Danger, on either side of me, or on both, I can give no reason for it.’

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    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    I’m reading an article ‘The signalman’ by Charles Dickens. I don’t understand these words in Italics which said by the railway signalman.

    I. ‘I looked all round the red light near the tunnel with my own red light, and I went up the iron ladder to the gallery atop of it, and I came down again, and ran back here. I telegraphed both ways. “ An alarm has been given. Is anything wrong?” The answer came back, both ways, “All well.” ’

    II. ‘If I telegraph Danger, on either side of me, or on both, I can give no reason for it.’

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    'both ways' means up the (railway?) line and down the line; to the left and to the right.
    Sometimes "either side of me" is used for "both sides of me".

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    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
    either
    one or the other of two
    Either person would be fine for the job.
    You can go by train or bus -- either way it'll take an hour.
    I left it either at home or in the car.
    You can also use either to mean both: Smokers were sitting on either side of me.

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    You can also use either to mean both: Smokers were sitting on either side of me.

    Is this use of "either" acceptable to most native speakers?

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    Default Re: Sentence meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
    either
    one or the other of two
    Either person would be fine for the job.
    You can go by train or bus -- either way it'll take an hour.
    I left it either at home or in the car.
    You can also use either to mean both: Smokers were sitting on either side of me.

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    You can also use either to mean both: Smokers were sitting on either side of me.

    Is this use of "either" acceptable to most native speakers?
    Yes it is.

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