on the other hand

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Thu Mar 5 17:34:37 UTC 2009

I am fond of saying "on the third hand" (348,000 Google hits; 1,000 for "on a third hand").  After all, the world is more complex than mere dualism accounts for . . . .


---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2009 10:13:36 -0500
>From: Mark Mandel <thnidu at GMAIL.COM>
>Subject: Re: on the other hand
>I always use it. "On the one hand..., on the other hand..."
>More generally, here are some raw googit counts (non-personalized):
>about 157,000,000 for "on the one hand"
>about 11,300,000 for "on one hand"
>about 142,000,000 for "on the other hand"
>Mark Mandel

>On Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 6:12 PM, Victor <aardvark66 at gmail.com> wrote:

>> How common is the use of definite article with "on one hand"/"on one side"?

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