Usage of next

1) He sits in the cubicle next to mine.
2) He sits in my next cubicle.
3) He sits in the next cubicle to mine.

Can someone please tell me which of the above sentences sound natural?

Hi Daemon,

(2) looks the odd one out unless it suggests that this cubicle is the next in a series of cubicles. (1) and (2) make sense.


Hi Alan,

I am not sure what you mean by this.

Don’t 1) and 3) suggest that there are a series of cubicles and his is next to mine?


Well according to the proper usage form of English the first sentence seems to be perfect to be used…it is what said to be the most appropriate and gentle form of English…

but rest two sentence are also ok…and they are not wrong as well…as per the rules of the grammar…but they don’t show the gentleness and grace while using them…



To me #2 sugests that all of the cubicles existent in a large room are mine and ‘he’ sits in one of the cubicles next to the one that I happen to be in, at the moment of the speech.

Out of the three, only #1 seems natural to me. Of course, I’ll take Alan’s word that #3 makes sense as well.



This seems to have generated more discussion than is necessary. 1) and 3) tell us my and his cubicle are side by side. 2) means something different as I said. This suggests (and it’s difficult to give it a meaning) there are several of my cubicles there and he sits not in this one, nor that one but in my next cubicle which is here.


Numbers 1 and 2 are gram. correct.
Number 3 may be, but is awkward and best to avoid.

1 and 2 mean two different things.

1 means that you have only one cubicle, and he sits in one next to yours.
2 means that you have many cubicles, and he sits in the one next to whichever one is probably mentioned in the previous sentence.



I don’t know why you had to repeat what I’ve just said. All three are grammatically correct. To quote you, ‘gram’ as an abbreviation is