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I don't think the point is in the object (i.e. the side), but rather the subject (i.e. that which takes a side). If one speaks to a singular subject, then it is "taking a side." However, when two or more subjects are present and being addressed, then it is considered "taking sides," though that, for one reason or another, presupposes that there must be at least one person on each - if only two - side.

Phil February 12, 2003, 2:26pm

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