Hi
I'd like to ask if the following two sentences are correct or not:
1) A is on the right hand side of B.
2) A is to the right of B.

Are the meaning the same or they're slightly different?

Is it OK to change sentence (1) to
"A is on the right of B?"

Thanks a lot!
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All of the sentences are correct. The meanings are sometimes the same and sometimes similar. In your sentences, 1), 2), and 3) would have the same meaning to indicate that A is located next to B, on B's right side.
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Here are examples of each from the Cobuild Concordance Demo Online:

To the right of the Gaoler's House is the...
To the right of the entrance passage is the...
...Van Gogh forgery on the wall to the right of the sliding door.
...There are hayfields to the right of us and hayfields to the left.

...to the left of the camera. On the right of the model, two 8X4 foot white....
...to get him into position on the right of the guns to cover them during....
...the doorway of the little room on the right of the door...

Flanked on the right hand side by raised well maintained lawns...
A short distance along on the right hand side you will pass the entrance to...
There is a litter bin on the right hand side as you come away from Sutton...
....the middle and Danielle to the right-hand side.

"To the right," "on the right," and "on the right hand side." can be interchanged in these examples.
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However, "to the right" and not the other expressions is used to indicate direction towards, NOT actually next to or within the same unit:

If you take a look to the right of the aircraft, we have a stunning...
...lamp about six feet away to the right of the model, with a gold reflector...
...the ball, which finishes well to the right of the green.....
...Richard has a small office to the right of this room....

Rachel
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*http://titania.cobuild.collins.co.uk/cgi-bin/democonc
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