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    Default the other/other one

    If we have two things then we use "the other"
    -Give me the other glove.
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    But if we have more than 2, would it be OK to use "other one" if we need to point out that this thing of a different kind

    There are 10 flowers of three kinds.

    - I have taken a rose already will you give me other one?

    As I understand if we use "another one" here then it means another rose, but we need a flower different from the rose. It means that "another" isn't correct in this case. Would "other one" work?

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    Default Re: the other/other one

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    But if we have more than 2, would it be OK to use "other one" if we need to point out that this thing of a different kind?
    No

    There are 10 flowers of three kinds.

    - I have taken a rose already will you give me other one?

    As I understand if we use "another one" here then it means another rose, but we need a flower different from the rose. It means that "another" isn't correct in this case. Would "other one" work?
    No. We need to say 'a different flower' to be clear.

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    Default Re: the other/other one

    Is it because the context is not appropriate or is it because "other one" doesn't work by itself?

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    Default Re: the other/other one

    It's because "the other one" can only refer to one of two things. If you have two things, you have "one thing and the other thing". It doesn't matter what the context is. If you have three, seven, ten, a hundred, or ten thousand things, you pick one of them and then decide that you don't want the one you took, then you will have to say "Give me a different one" or you will have to point to a specific one and say "Give me that one".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: the other/other one

    If you don't care which one you get (as long as it's not a rose, which you already have), you could say "Give me one of the other ones."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: the other/other one

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    you could say "Give me one of the other ones."
    OK. I see. Would it be also OK to say: "Give me one other"?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/1...n_1934186.html

    Give me one other organization that fights for worker's rights.

    If it were said: Give me another organization that ... whould it mean an organization which had something in common with the first one?

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