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横 and 側

When to use 横(よこ) and when 側(そば)?
What do you say for "a person sleeping next to me" and "ask to the person beside you"?

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Base language: English
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    One difference is that 側 has more emotional and metaphorical value than 横。For example, if you want to say 'Please always be by my side' or 'Please always stand by me', you would say:


    You wouldn't say: ずっと横にいてね。 ---unless you actually want the other person to be by your side physically.

    Both of then can use
    横 means lateral or beside or next to ,
    側 means by or near or beside.

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