There is a house on both sides of the bungalow.

tutu2323

New Member
Korean
¶ The bungalow is between two houses.

If I paraphrase this sentence as below, which one is correct?

#1 There is a house on both sides of the bungalow.
#2 There are two houses on both sides of the bungalow.

At first I thought #2 was right, but somehow my English grammar book paraphrased it as #1. I really wonder why.

Thank you in advance.


Source: Oxford Learner's Grammar: Grammar Finder, John Eastwood
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I wouldn’t use either of those. 1 but using “each side” instead of “both sides” would be much clearer!
     

    sound shift

    Senior Member
    English - England
    #2 means that there are two houses on one side of the bungalow and two houses on the other side. That's why it's wrong.

    In #1 I could use lb's "each side", and I could use "either side".
     
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