According to Oxford Learner's Dictionary,
in or into a position right beside somebody/something
following in order or importance after somebody/something
A is next to B
it should mean that A is immediately beside B (as per the cited definition).
But the question is:
Is A to the immediate right of B? Or to the immediate left?
Definition #2 seems to suggest that A comes after B — that is, to the right (assuming things are ordered from left to right, as is generally).
However, if A and B are next to each other, A is to the right of B, and B is to the left of A. Either ways are possible then.
Which one is a correct interpretation of 'next to'?
I'm trying to the solve the "Einstein's Riddle" and two of the givens are:
- The Norwegian lives in the first house.
- The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
In this case, knowing the correct position is most important. If the Norwegian(N)'s house is the first in a row of five houses, it can't possibly come after the blue(B) house. I'm arranging the houses horizontally from left to right. So, will house N be leftmost? If so, will house B be to its right? What should I assume?