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How to mention other people in general explanations such as the following?

You must be able to explain yourself to opposite side clearly.

Can I use "opposite side" and "other side/ people"?

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You must be able to explain yourself to the other side clearly.

You must be able to explain yourself to the opposite side clearly.

Both of these are all right; the first is slightly more natural-sounding.

You must be able to explain yourself to other side clearly.

You must be able to explain yourself to opposite side clearly.

Neither of these are acceptable English without the article 'the'.

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As what @rcook said, we need the articles.

Since the audience is other people, I suggest we use just the term straight, as in

'You must be able to explain yourself to the other people/ the rest of the people clearly.'

'Opposite side' and 'the other side' seem slightly unfriendly.

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    To clarify: Only use the opposite side if you are talking about two groups of people expressing opposite views. It doesn't have to be an argument, it could be a friendly debate. If this isn't what you mean, just use other people. Commented Sep 11, 2020 at 12:31
  • @KateBunting Thank you. That is a good point I feel but I could not bring up
    – Mrt
    Commented Sep 11, 2020 at 12:35

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