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Would you please clarify for me what would be the difference in meaning between the following phrases?

  1. different climate at either side of the mountain
  2. different climate at either sides of the mountain
  3. different climates at either side of the mountain
  4. different climates at either sides of the mountain

I am confused because of two reasons. First, since either can be both a pronoun and a determiner. Second, since I expect actually two different climates, but at the same time, climates can be used as a collective or abstract noun.

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  • 1 and 3 are both acceptable, but I would say “on each” side.
    – StephenS
    Sep 13 '20 at 1:19
  • On Madeira island, where the weather-patterns can differ markedly from one place to another, the locals talk about micro-climates. (Hiking guides are particularly aware of these and will decide on routes accordingly.) Sep 13 '20 at 9:44

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