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"both sides are intent on creating difficulties for each other"

does this mean that each party wants to create problems for itself and the other ??

so the correct statement would be:

each side is intent on creating difficulties for the other.. Correct ??
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Yes. The following is better:

Each side is (or Both sides are) intent on creating difficulties for the other.

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Whichever way you write it, no party wants to create difficulties or problems for itself, and none is implied.
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Hi, Mr. Micawber,

"both" used with "each other" doesn't bother you? For some reason it bothers me!

Is "both are" the same as "each is"? That's how I interpret it.

Both want to see the movie. = Each wants to see the movie. = A wants to and B wants to.

We both write to each other. (?) = Each of us writes to each other.(?) = I write to each other and you write to each other. (?)

I don't know how to explain it, really, but maybe there's a different way of looking at "both" that makes this all make sense?

Take care,
Jim
Hi Jim & Micawber,

Thanks for taking interest in this topic.

I am still looking for the answer to qn mentioned below.

"both sides are intent on creating difficulties for each other"

does this mean that each party wants to create problems for itself and the other ??

or it means

each side is intent on creating difficulties for the other.. ??

thanks,
Sharad
It means

Each side is intent on creating difficulties for the other.
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One could state that "The two sides are intent on creating difficulties for each other." One could also state that "The sides are intent on creating difficulties for each other." The reciprocal pronoun each other should be used when two persons, animals or things are involved: We were so drunk that we had to help each other up the stairs. The reciprocal pronoun one another should be used when more than two persons, animals or things are involved. Bob, Bob and Bob were so drunk they couldn't tell one another apart.
It bothers me because it is redundant. "Both of them will go with each other." blah
I agree, Jim-- I wasn't paying enough attention, because it was obvious they would not make trouble for themselves. Yes, the original runs me around on a sort of mental Moebius strip.

Sharad, there is no way the writer would have thought that 'each party wants to create problems for itself and the other'. It means 'each side is intent on creating difficulties for the other', but it is poorly written, redundant at best, illogical at worst.
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