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    Can you tell me the difference b/w to the right and on the right. I think they have the same use to point the position of st

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    Re: to the right / on the right

    Quote Originally Posted by phamthithanhthuy View Post
    Can you tell me the difference b/w to the right and on the right. I think they have the same use to point the position of st
    Sometimes you have to base on a specific situation to know exactly meaning of these phrases.
    Personally, I think "to the right" shows that you are not being at right side of someone/something. "on the right" shows that you are already being at right side of someone/something. Is that right? Anyway, you have to consider the whole sentence for meaning of these phrases.


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    Re: to the right / on the right

    Quote Originally Posted by phamthithanhthuy View Post
    Can you tell me the difference b/w to the right and on the right. I think they have the same use to point the position of st
    For one thing, 'to the right/left' has a feeling of movement so it would be used [more?] with verbs of action.

    He moved it to the right.

    He jumped to the left.

    With 'on the/my right' the feeling is more of a state of being.

    The chair is on the right/on my right.

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    Re: to the right / on the right

    Nice explanation!


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    Re: to the right / on the right

    Quote Originally Posted by albeit View Post
    For one thing, 'to the right/left' has a feeling of movement so it would be used [more?] with verbs of action.

    He moved it to the right.

    He jumped to the left.

    With 'on the/my right' the feeling is more of a state of being.

    The chair is on the right/on my right.

    Definition of right, Macmillan Online Dictionary: Free American English Dictionary and Thesaurus
    on someone’s right: It’s the second door on your right.
    to someone’s right: As we climbed, we saw a row of mountains to our right.

    Does to our right have a feeling of movement?


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    Re: to the right / on the right

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Definition of right, Macmillan Online Dictionary: Free American English Dictionary and Thesaurus
    on someone’s right: It’s the second door on your right.
    to someone’s right: As we climbed, we saw a row of mountains to our right.

    Does to our right have a feeling of movement?
    This is possible, but it would be very difficult to say. In your example sentences "to' and "on" are interchangeable, though the sentences "sound better" as they are. It could seem that "to our right" has a feeling of movement, but I think we would have to see many more examples before determining this one way or the other. It's an interesting observation, however. I can understand why you might ask.


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    Re: to the right / on the right

    I hope I figure out some time later how the two are different in meaning.


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    Re: to the right / on the right

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    I hope I figure out some time later how the two are different in meaning.
    Park your car on the right side of the street. - Your car will remain in that location. In a sense your car will remain "attached to the right side of the street".

    I wouldn't say "Park your car to the right side".

    Look to your right. - Look in that direction.

    I want to sit on the right side. I wouldn't say "I want to sit to the right side".

    It could be that "on the right side" is more typical for objects or people that remain stationary - attached to something in a way - not moving. Saying "to the right" seems not to convey this idea.

    We need many more examples to prove this, I would say.


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    Re: to the right / on the right

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    I hope I figure out some time later how the two are different in meaning.
    Here's another way of looking at it:

    I'm on your side. = I'm loyal to you. I'm on your team. This is where I stay - on your side.

    I would not say "I'm to your side" to mean "on your side" in the sense of being on your team or being loyal to you.

    So it seems that once again "on your right" or "on your side" conveys the idea of "attached and not moving".


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    Re: to the right / on the right

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    I hope I figure out some time later how the two are different in meaning.
    Here's another contrast:

    Would you, please, move to the right? Would you, please, move to your right?

    Not, "Would you, please, move on your right?"

    move to the right - move to your right - Obviously, this has to do with movement, and "on the right" and "on your right" do not work this way.

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