1. ## either side

1-There are two men on either side of the door.

2-There may be two men on either side of the door.

In each case, how many men are there (or may there be) in all?

2. ## Re: either side

In the first sentence there are 4 men. In the second case thre may be 4 men.

I'm not a native speaker, but this is what I think.

3. ## Re: either side

I agree. My first thought is that two men on either side is four in all.

If there had been two total, it would be better to write it as "There are two men, one on either side of the door."

And yet, you could also make an arguement that it means a total of two men, on one side of the door or the other side.

What do others think?

4. ## Re: either side

1-There are two men on either side of the door. Four men, two on each side of the door

There are two men, on either side of the door. Two men, one on each side of the door

2-There may be two men on either side of the door. Possibly two men.

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