How do you write 'left hand side' and 'right hand side'?


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It's "left-hand side", the side nearest the left hand.

"Left hand" forms a compound adjective and so should be hyphenated.

  • +1 Additionally, Merriam-Webster defines left-hand as hyphenated word. (Although it remains open in Oxford, hyphenation rules still apply there because of how "uncommon" it is. As opposed to, say, an ice cream sandwich rather than an ice-cream sandwich.) Commented Jun 13, 2018 at 16:46
  • @JasonBassford- People write "ice cream sandwich"? Savages. What, do they think it's a cream sandwich with ice on top? Commented Jun 13, 2018 at 17:43

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