at/by/on Our Side

Phyllis lin

Senior Member
Chinese
Some say, God Is Always at Our Side
Some say, God Is Always by Our Side
Others say, God Is Always on Our Side

Are there differences between them?
 
  • Edinburgher

    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    I'd say there is virtually no difference between at and by here; I think by is probably the more idiomatic of the two. When someone is by our side, they are standing right next to us, watching over us or ready to help us. When someone is on our side, it means that they are with rather than against us in an adversarial situation.
     
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