by one side, by another side

Sun14

Senior Member
Hello, my friends,

I was wondering whether the words on the ground is idiomatic:

"I write the name by one side and the picture by another side."

Thoughts and context: I am going to play a guessing game so I write two list of names and picture lined on the paper. I explain my action by saying this.

Senior Member
But these aren't side by side (left and right), they're one above the other.

So you'd say "I'm going to put the names on one line and the pictures on another."

Sun14

Senior Member
But these aren't side by side (left and right), they're one above the other.

So you'd say "I'm going to put the names on one line and the pictures on another."
Got it. Thank you very much.

Sun14

Senior Member
But these aren't side by side (left and right), they're one above the other.

So you'd say "I'm going to put the names on one line and the pictures on another."
If they are left and right can I say this?

Sparky Malarky

Moderator
Generally rows are horizontal on a page and columns are vertical.

Here is a row of Xs:
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Here is a column of Xs:
x
x
x
x
x
x

Maybe you want to use these terms in your directions.

Also, most people can see that one column or row is words and the other is pictures. All you really need to say is match the name with the picture.

Sun14

Senior Member
Generally rows are horizontal on a page and columns are vertical.

Here is a row of Xs:
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Here is a column of Xs:
x
x
x
x
x
x

Maybe you want to use these terms in your directions.

Also, most people can see that one column or row is words and the other is pictures. All you really need to say is match the name with the picture.
I want to know the way to describe it. Is it idiomatic to say on the left are a column of words and on the right are a column of pictures. Or may I say you can see a column of words by one side and a column of pictures by another side.

RM1(SS)

Senior Member
How many sides are there? There must be at least three for there to be another one....

Englishmypassion

Senior Member
Plus, "On the left are a column of words" is wrong because you need to use a singular verb (is) for the singular subject, "column".

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