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English Grammar


The difference between 'other' and 'another'.

  • OTHER (adjective)

    Other is an adjective meaning 'different' or 'the second of two items'. 
    Other can be used with singular or plural nouns.
    Here are some examples :

    • There's some water left in this bottle. The other bottle is empty.
    • Some children learn quickly but other children need more time.
    • I can't find my other shoe.
    • Have you got any other questions?

  • Other can be used before 'one' or 'ones' when the meaning is clear from the text.

    • I’m not going to wear this dress. I prefer the other one.
    • These shoes don’t go well with the dress. The other ones look better.

  • OTHER/OTHERS (pronoun)

    Other can also be a pronoun to refer to things or people. The plural form is others.

    • 80% of the students arrive on time.
      The others (the other students) are always late.
    • There are two cookies left.  You have one and I'll have the other.
    • Only half of the guests have arrived.  Where are the others?
  • ANOTHER (adjective)

    When we use ‘an’ before ‘other’, we write it as one word: another.
    Another expresses quantity.  It means 'additional' or 'one more'.

    We use another with singular nouns: another chair, another day.

    • There are six people for dinner but there are only 5 plates.
      We need another plate.
    • This cake is delicious.  Could I have another slice please?
    • Please give me another chance.  I promise to try harder.

  • Another can be used before a plural noun when that noun is preceded by a number,
    or words/phrases such as a couple of, few etc.

    • The investigation will take another two weeks/couple of weeks.

    Another can be used before “one” when the meaning is clear from the preceding text.

    • You’ve already had an ice-cream. You can’t have another one.

    Another can also mean ‘an alternative’ or ‘different’

    • This place isn’t great. Is there another place we could go to?
    • I'm not happy with this product.  Next time I'll buy another brand.
  • ANOTHER (pronoun)

    We can use another as a pronoun:

    • The text is corrected by one person, then edited by another.

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